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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Name: Igor Ageyenko
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Historic border accords signed between Russia and China on December 9, 1999. This one of the last major official acts of then President Boris Yeltsin prior to his surprise resignation on December 31.
Verbatim text of an online interview with Rashit Yahin. Mr. Yahin was born in 1936, was educated in Moscow as an engineer and worked from 1978 to 1990 on construction of BAM. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as head of the tourism department in the Severobaikalsk Railway Department of BAM. In December 1994, he suffered a stroke that paralyzed his right side. He now is largely confined to a wheelchair, but that has not stopped him working. He actively works to promote tourism to the Baikal region and arranges private and independent travel there (see end of article for contact info). The interview is presented in its entirely, without any redactions or corrections.