We are going on an incredible journey.
Driving through the biggest
and one of the most bewildering countries on Earth.
This is so dangerous!
We're in the middle of a motorway.
Taking two very different cars...
It's a tank!
"CCCP". Built by Communists.
on two very different road trips.
Which way? Does it matter?
Three weeks and thousands of miles
on the roads of Russia.
Almost 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union,
Russia is a country transforming before our eyes.
If ever there was an argument for Russia looking West,
this is it.
A whole new generation of Russians desire Western cars.
And the lifestyle that goes with them.
It's about 100,000 pounds.
But this is also a country where the old Soviet brands
still hold great sway.
拉达 拉达 还是拉达
Lada. Lada. Lada.
And it's a country of old loyalties and proud traditions.
Am I ready to hunt in Russia?
Where Russia's Communist past
still exerts a powerful pull.
They've got all the toys out today!
So can this former military superpower
ever become a new economic power?
And if it could,
what would that mean for Russia
and the rest of the world?
The city of Sochi on the Black Sea.
For the likes of President Putin and Russia's wealthy elite,
it is a favourite holiday haunt.
For most of the world, though,
Sochi is now famous as the location of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Put a bit more life in it, come on.
Hey, I love it!
The most expensive Olympic Games ever.
-对 -看 就是那
- Oh, yeah. - Look. Now we're talking.
They look like kind of, you know, spaceships just landing.
It is all designed to
present Russia to the world as ultra-modern,
forward-thinking and very dynamic.
Look at this, Anita.
-美极了 不是吗 -没错 太棒了
- It's beautiful, isn't it? - It is. It's really good.
I love the shape of these buildings.
Move over Torvill and Dean.
- I can't stop! - I'm not moving.
The Russian Government has spent 30 billion pounds
on hosting the Games here.
Coming your way, Anita!
25 times what was spent in Vancouver at the last Winter Games.
不 别过来 我会摔倒的
No! Seriously, no! I'm going to fall!
And with an expected global TV audience
of three billion people,
they don't want any slip-ups.
-真不错 -我喜欢这里 很不错对吧
- It's lovely. - I like it. It's nice, isn't it?
- It's a really nice place. - This is not what
you expect of Russia, is it?
Not at all
and it's not where you'd expect
to have the Winter Olympics either.
What, sub-tropical paradise?
I know. It's extraordinary.
You don't think of lemons, do you,
growing down by the beach?
And the world's eyes are going to be on Russia.
- What a showcase. - It's amazing.
Hey. It's nice, isn't it?
It's really nice.
Sochi is the starting point for two extraordinary journeys
to discover the real Russia
that lies far beyond this glamorous shop window.
I'll be seeking out this new and very modern Russia.
It'll take me more than 2,000 miles through Moscow,
St Petersburg and finally, if I make it,
to Murmansk high above the Arctic Circle.
Meanwhile I'll be exploring old Russia to discover
how its proud history
and Communist past still shapes Russia today.
It's a journey that will lead me through the agricultural and industrial heartlands
into Asia and right to the edge of
the vast Siberian wilderness.
Is this it?
Two very different journeys
in two very different cars.
I like it! What a monster.
- Monster! - Isn't it?
-俄♥国♥怪兽 -俄♥国♥怪兽 没错
- Russian monster. - Russian monster. Yeah, exactly!
I'll be driving a classic UAZ-469
with the help of support driver Sasha and mechanic Yevgeny.
Yevgeny is best mechanic in the Sochi.
Yevgeny's the best mechanic in Sochi?
- In Sochi. - I'm glad to hear it.
It looks like we might need it with a car this old.
It might have been made in the '70s,
but that is nothing
for a Soviet vehicle tough enough for the Red Army.
- Quite an engine. - It's very powerful.
Look at this.
苏联 苏联 共♥产♥党人制♥造♥的
USSR. USSR! Built by Communists.
That's what we need in Russia!
Built by Communists!
I tell you what,