The issue is dedicated to the work of the Volga-Chograi canal construction Commission and the environmental problems of Kalmykia that arose due to the construction of the canal.
Volga landscapes, views of the Volga river, ships sailing on the river.
A man pushes a boat loaded with reeds away from the shore and jumps in.
Diagram of the Volga-Chograi canal.
Newspaper and magazine publications against the construction of the canal.
Text of the conclusion on the channel project.
Members of the Commission for the construction of the canal in Elista, among them akakdemik Nikonov A. A. and Deputy Minister of land reclamation of the RSFSR Mikheev N. N.
Members of the Commission go through the airfield to Board a small aircraft for a flight to the construction of the canal, members of the film crew remain at the airfield.
The plane begins taxiing.
View of the steppe airfield.
Members of the Commission, headed by Mikheev, talk with the reclamation of one of the sites.
View of the steppe.
The girl is standing at the well on one of the shepherds ' points.
Mikheev talks with one of the shepherds.
Members of the Commission out of the shed after its examination.
Dog on a leash.
Cars of members of the Commission leave from the chabansky point.
The faces of the shepherds.
View of the impoverished pasture and construction of one of the irrigation systems in the steppe.
Members of the Commission inspect the riverbed of the irrigation canal under construction, an excavator is working.
Mikheev discusses the current issue with the Commission members.
View of the irrigation channel bed.
Academician Nikonov talks about the catastrophic rate of desertification of the steppe, the loss of soil due to improper cultivation of grain crops, the need for independent farming on the ground, without waiting for instructions from above (synchronously).
Panorama of the steppe.
Mikheev talks about Kalmykia as an ecological disaster zone, irrational farming in the steppe, and the need to solve urgent environmental problems along with the construction of the canal (synchronously).
View of the riverbed of an irrigation canal under construction.
Members of the Commission inspect one of the sections of the canal under construction.
Members of the Commission during a visit to one of the irrigation sites.
Panorama of the meeting room with members of the Commission.
The Poet D. N. Kugultinov said from the podium about the harm to the Volga due to the construction of the channel, poor quality drinking water, the effects of channel Volga-Chogray on the ecology of the steppe, on the need to examine issues of canal construction and surveying other possibilities of irrigation of the steppe (synchronously).
Meeting participants ' faces, passing notes to speakers.
View of the cracked earth.
Scraper on the construction of the channel bed.
Working equipment for the construction of the channel bed.
A working scraper.
View of the stopped scraper, panorama of equipment on the site.
Panorama of the canal Bank.
Light vessels float on the river.
Waves break on the shore.
Barges and boats with cargo float by.
A man is sitting on the Bank, Smoking.
Kuguljtinov David Nikitich -- Kalmyk poet Miheev Nikolaj Nikolaevich -- state and economic figure Nikonov Aleksandr Aleksandrovich -- scientist-economist, agricultural worker
Locations: Republic of Kalmykia 
Seasons: Summer