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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


by Nina Zotina

Name: Nina Zotina

Age: 28

Profession: Photographer

City: Maykop, Adygeya Republic

How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? Four years. Photojournalism and sport photography, as well as documentary photography.

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Adygeya is located in Russia’s south; the republic’s capital city is Maykop.

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

There are, on average, 200-250 clear sky days each year in Adygeya. Because of this, it is called “Sunny Adygeya.”

The name Maykop comes from the name of the river Miyeko: miye (“apple tree”) + ko (“valley”). In other words, Maykop is a city located at the mouth of the river Miyeko or, literally, “Mouth of Apple Tree Valley.”

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

The waterfalls of the Rufabgo River are the most beautiful in the republic. Four-kilometer-long granite canyons that are 200 meters deep – it’s an excellent place for rafting. The river Meshoko is an unbelievably beautiful place with waterfalls and grottos. Khadzhokhskaya Gorge.


  • Bus

    People riding a trolleybus in Maykop (capital of Adygeya) that was decorated for New Year's. 

    Nina Zotina

  • Belaya River

    The Belaya River is the main river in Adygea. It was named "Shhaguashhe" in the past, which in the Adyghe language means "Mistress of the Mountains."

    Nina Zotina

  • Icicles

    The icicles here sometimes reach five meters. 
    Nina Zotina

  • Eiffel

    The local man followed his dream and built "The Eiffel Tower" near Maykop.
    Nina Zotina

  • Five Falls

    There are sixteen waterfalls on the river, but only five can be approached on foot. This is the first waterfall, and it is a favorite place for photographers.
    Nina Zotina

  • Trails

    Trails to the Rufabgo waterfalls are covered with snow but passable.
    Nina Zotina

  • Waterfalls

    One of the most beautiful excursions in Adygea is the waterfalls on the River Rufabgo. In winter the waterfalls freeze, forming enormous icicles. 
    Nina Zotina

  • Mosque

    The only mosque in Maykop, which was opened in November, 2000. There are 44 mosques in the Republic of Adygea.

    Nina Zotina

  • Center

    Maykop's historic center is mainly filled with low-rise buildings built in the nineteenth century. 
    Nina Zotina

  • Beer factory

    This old factory was built in the early twentieth century. The oldest part of building is a protected federal architectural monument. The building is located in the centre of town, near the park.
    Nina Zotina