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Everyday Russia


Tuesday, January 26, 2016


by Igor Ageyenko

Name: Igor Ageyenko

Age: 29

Profession: Journalist

Cities: Blagoveshchensk

How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? About five years. Journalism.

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for?

Blagoveshchensk is the capital of Amur oblast and one of the few cites in the country that borders a foreign city (Ivangorod is another), in this case the Chinese city of Xeyxe. Tynda, also in our reagion is the capital of the BAM, the great train line, whose glory was touted to the whole USSR back in the 1980s.

What is something about your city that only locals would know?

Blagoveshchensk has the largest collection of shopping malls in the Far East – there are now 38, with a few still in the process of construction.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?

The embankment. The monument to the Cossack pioneers of the Amur region.


  • Road

    You can get to Amur region by plane, train or automobile. Travelling by car will give the strongest impression, because you will see how the terrain changes from plains to mountains, and be impressed by striking landscapes. Today, the region is crossed by two federal highways. The M65 Lena connects the settlement of Bolshoy Never and Yakutsk, and the M58 Amur connects Chita and Khabarovsk.This is part of the Lena federal highway in Magdagachinsky district, Amur region.

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Border

    Blagoveshchensk is one of only two cities in Russia that has a river border with a foreign city (the other is Ivangorod/Narva). Heihe, China is just 800 meters away across the Amur. This is the embankment in Blagoveshchensk and Heihe illuminated in the distance.

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Night

    Blagoveshchensk was founded in 1856. It is the administrative center of Amur region and the fifth largest city in the Far East and has a population of 225,00. The city sits at the confluence of the Amur and Zeya Rivers. This is Blagoveshchensk in the morning, with the city thermal power station.

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Cossacks

    Amur Region began to be explored by different people in the seventeenth century, but principally by Cossacks and runaways. In 1651 Yerofey Khabarov invaded the fortified settlement of the Daurian Prince Albazy. Today, this is on the territory of the city's northern Skovordinsky district. In 1665, Russian Cossacks settled here. A year later, their newly built fortress, Albazino, was surrounded by Manchu troops. The Cossacks didn't surrender. In the picture is a monument to the first Cossack settlers. 

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Vostochny

    The main object in Amur region and the Far East is The Vostochny Cosmodrome. In April 2016, a Soyuz-2 rocket will be launched from here. This is the launch pad of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. 

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Zeya

    Zeya Dam is one of the oldest industrial objects in Amur region. In the beginning of December it was 40 years old. The station supplies almost half of the power used in the Far East and some neighboring regions of China. In the morning, a thick fog covers the dam because the water around it doesn't freeze. When it disperses, the trees are covered by hoar-frost.

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Blaga-Vegas

    At first it was known as Blaga-Vegas and now it is called Tradeveshensk. Today, Blagoveshchensk leads the Far East in the number of shopping centers in the city. There are 38. 

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Tynda

    In the 1970s and 1980s, Tynda was referred to as the capital of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) and gained great fame. It was a starting point for construction brigades that left to laying railways all the way to Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Today, the city has lost its grandeur, as its population has declined from 60 to 30 thousand, but still it has its own charm. 
    Igor Ageyenko

  • Tayozhny

    This is the Tayozhny district in the main town of The Baikal-Amur Mainline. A relocation project is underway, as people have been living in temporary housing for 40 years.

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Market

    China, our closest neighbor, has a a great influence on the development strategy of the Amur region. Chinese-made goods are sold here and there and many pass through Amur region to the western regions of Russia. Every local settlement has its own Chinese market. Due to the instability of Russian ruble, many Chinese businessmen have left the region, but in Blagoveshchensk they keep working. 

    Igor Ageyenko

  • Tangerines

    A New Year symbol for people who live along the Amur (and indeed throughout Russia), is fresh tangerines. For locals, here, however, it's a bit less exotic, since they are merely brought across the border from China.
    Igor Ageyenko

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