From St. Petersburg to Siberia, Russia can be traversed onboard the carriages of the Trans-Siberian railway, a network connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East. It’s known as the longest railway line in the world.
In an unprecedented global initiative leading up to the 2018 World Cup, ESPN will present The Last Train to Russia. The 12-episode series runs from March to June, concluding with two episodes set in Moscow.
The series explores Russia through the eyes of ESPN International soccer reporter Martín Ainstein as he visits 11 World Cup host cities. The third episode in the series, “Saransk,” airs Wednesday, April 4 (8:30 p.m., ESPN Deportes). In that episode set in the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, Ainstein plays hockey with the locals at the Mordovia Arena, the new stadium built for the 2018 World Cup.
In the video above, Ainstein shares his thoughts on reporting for Last Train.
Vilma Obando, Santa Brito and Martín Ainstein produced the video above. Watch the trailer for the series below.