Lucy Ash began her radio career as a producer in the BBC Moscow bureau in 1990.
She lived in a tiny flat in a massive Stalinist skyscraper from where she had a bird's eye view of the White House during the aborted putsch of August 1991.
She subsequently covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and two years later, Yeltsin's assault on the Russian Parliament.
In 1994 she returned to London to join BBC Radio 4's Eurofile, reporting mainly from Russia and Eastern Europe.
In 2002, Lucy won an Amnesty International award for her report on a Palestinian doctor who delivers babies in Israel but lives in a refugee camp in the Gaza strip.
Her scariest moment on BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents came when she was nearly blown up by a rogue stick of dynamite at the bottom of a Colombian emerald mine.
Lucy has also produced an award-winning series on the French in Africa, A Mission To Civilise?; and a series on changing France, called French Transformations.
For Crossing Continents, Lucy has travelled to Transdniester, a strange and unrecognised corner of Europe; and has made another award-winning programme on the dowry system in India.
For this series, she travels to Moscow and the German Polish border to find out why property and the problems surrounding it, have become the talk of the town.