John Forté, Fugees-affiliate turned guitar-playing activist, is currently touring Russia with his band, performing, recording, and collaborating with Russian musicians, and filming a documentary. The tour will conclude with a performance on Easter Sunday, April 24. During the tour, John will be checking in periodically with Complex to offer his thoughts and images.

"Following a memorable time in Nizhny Novgorod, the band and I headed to Kazan (the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia). Our mode of transport? The Trans-Siberian Express. Perhaps a bit of a misnomer, the Trans-Siberian Express is not a fast train. Although the train boasted neither wi-fi nor food car, the eight-hour trip was pleasant. After a few games of chess (and a little vodka), the steady rocking of the behemoth from a bygone era lulled us to sleep. Tonight we make our way from Kazan to Yekaterinburg. This trip, again on the Trans-Siberian, will be a bit longer...about 16 hours! Stay tuned..."