Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Seven-Part Video Series

Thousands of migrants travel from Tajikistan to Russia each year in search of work. For many, the trip begins with a grueling four-day train journey from Dushanbe to Moscow, during which they endure police inspections, cramped quarters and brutal heat.

RFE/RL correspondents Mumin Shakirov and Alexander Kulygin traveled with a group of Tajik migrants on one such journey, experiencing the same hardships and recording the stories, hopes, and fears of four people seeking work in Russia.

Story: The Migrant Experience -- Aboard The 'Eastern Express'

Part 1

Video Migrant Express Part 1

In a seven-part video series, RFE/RL travels with a group of Tajik migrants making the four-day train journey from Dushanbe to Moscow in search of a better life. <a href="http://www.rferl.org/section/Migrant+Express/787.html"><strong><br /><br />Migrant Express: Full Series</strong></a>

Part 2

Video Migrant Express Part 2: Boarding Time

In a seven-part video series, RFE/RL travels with a group of Tajik migrants making the four-day train journey from Dushanbe to Moscow in search of a better life. In the second part, twenty-eight-year-old farmer Umed spends one last dinner with his family in Tajikistan before the start of the long and difficult journey.

Part 4

Photogallery Welcome To Turkmenistan

The train crosses into Turkmenistan, and the RFE/RL correspondents narrowly escape with their footage after Turkmen police suspect them of spying.

Part 5

Photogallery Crossing Uzbekistan

The Dushanbe-Moscow train transits ancient Uzbek cities as Gulya, a chef and mother of four, describes the life and work waiting for her in Russia.

Part 7

Photogallery The Journey's End

In the final part of the series, the migrants finally arrive in Moscow after four days of travel across Central Asia. Some have jobs lined up already, but for others, only uncertainty awaits.

Part 3

Video Stuck At The Border

The migrants aboard the Dushanbe-Moscow train wait through hours of drug inspections at the Uzbek border, but that doesn't stop them from enjoying a little music and dance. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Part 6

Photogallery 'Friendship Between Peoples'

The migrants on their way to Moscow debate the legacy of Tajikistan's civil war of the 1990s, and defend their right to work in Russia.