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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


by Maria Plotnikova

Name: Maria Plotnikova

Age: 32

Profession: Photographer

City: Perm Krai

How long have you been doing photography? Since 2006.

What style or genre most interests you? From a professional point of view I am interested in documentary photography, and news and sports reporting. But my true love is street photography.

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? The city of Tchaikovsky in Perm Krai was named after the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who was born in the neighboring town of Votkinsk. In 1955, they began building a massive hydroelectric station on the Kama River, and on the outskirts of the construction site a workers' village rose up. By 1956 it had already attained the status of a city, and the name Tchaikovsky was proposed by the residents of the city themselves. At present, the population of the city is about 80,000 persons.

Tchaikovsky is known for its winter sporting traditions. The city has an Institute of Winter Sports, an alpine ski center, the biathlon center, Snezhnika, and a ski-jump complex where international competitions are held.

What are some things that only locals would know about the city? Tchaikovsky is located on the border with the Udmurt Republic. Just outside Tchaikovsky is a small village called Novy ("New"), the residents of which all work in Tchaikovsky. Yet there is a one-hour time difference between the Udmurt Republic and Perm Krai, and a two-hour difference between Moscow and Udmurtia. So it is that the residents of Novy must rise one hour earlier, in order to get to work on time, even though it is just a five minute drive away.

The most interesting twist happened in 2010, when the administration of the Udmurt Republic decided to change over to Moscow Time. Thus, for a few years the unlucky residents of Novy were forced to live in a parallel world: on the one hand, their village was living on Moscow Time, on the other, their work/study/daytime world in Tchaikovsky was two hours ahead. Luckily, a few years ago, Udmurtia returned to its previous time zone and so the difference returned to just one hour.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?  Central Square, Tchaikovsky Square, Snezhnik Biathlong Complex, the city beach, the Park of Culture and Rest, the embankment and pier.


Instagram: @mplot

  • Snow Maidens

    The Children's Musical Collective prepares for the pre-New Year performance in a Tchaikovsky school. Maria Plotnikova / @mplot

  • Banya

    A Tchaikovsky private banya. Maria Plotnikova / @mplot

  • Pelmeni

    Preparing homemade pelmeni in a Tchaikovsky apartment. Maria Plotnikova / @mplot

  • Ice Fisherman

    Winter ice fishing, one of Tchaikovsky residents' top winter passions. For many avid fishermen, the winter season begins with the first, thin layer of ice in fall, and ends with fascinating excursions on ice flows in the spring. Maria Plotnikova / @mplot

  • Tubing

    Tchaikovsky is known for its sporting traditions, particularly those during winter. While the sports centers attract professionals, locals are not that far removed from the professionals and ring in the New Year with active outdoor activities. From the first days of January, real Tchaikovsky residents are out on the cross country trails, skating, or hopping on their snowboards. The laziest among us will take to innertubes. Maria Plotnikova / @mplot

  • Let's Dance!

    Tchaikovsky teenagers celebrate the end of the year, dancing at a school dance club.

    Maria Plotnikova / @mplot