The world’s largest country continues to turn up surprises.
Simon’s epic journey continues as he watches a 40,000-strong march remembering the millions who died in World War Two.
Known as the march of the immortal regiment, it takes place across Russia as a celebration of its mighty military history.
Simon then hops back on the Trans-Siberian Railway to Krasnoyarsk, an industrial Siberian city with a brutal past.
In complete contrast his next stop is a religious cult in the mountains where he meets the self-anointed reincarnation of Jesus.
His journey ends in Dagestan, a dangerous but beautiful republic where the war against terrorism and a traditional and ancient culture sit side by side.
A fascinating insight into this hugely diverse country.