Khan’s Palace on the Bottom

Issyk-Kul LakeMe dear friends, we are happy to tell you about suspenseful feature in the Unterwasser Magazine #8 2014 about archaeological exploration of the Issyk-Kul lake, evolution of diving gear and searching of Tamerlan’s Palace on the bottom of the lake by National Geographic expedition.

Text: by me, Bogdana Vashchenko, photography by Viktor Lyagushkin.

3rd Element


Fascinating feature by Anastasia Mazneva in National Geographic Russia Magazine Feb 2014 about potassium and its influence on all processes on Earth and specially on plants. For without it hunger would rampant on our planet.

The article is about importance of potassium, how it is mined and processed. Illustrated with astonishing photography by Viktor Lyagushkin.

Lecture Dedicated to 125 Anniversary of National Geographic

125NG_anniversary 125NG_anniversary2This year National Geographic Magazine celebrates 125 anniversary.

October 15, at the Center of Photography Lumiere brothers was held a master class 10000 lumens Underground and Underwaterwater by staff photographer of National Geographic Russia Magazine Viktor Lyagushkin. The event was set as a part of the photo exhibition 125 years of National Geographic.

Thank you, Viktor, for great time with you and Happy Birth-year to National Geographic!

The Most Important People in Our Magazine

NGR September 2013The piece by Editor-In-Chief in National Geographic Russia Alexander Grek is dedicated to photographers, the most important people of the Magazine, he said.

Our leader, photographer Viktor Lyagushkin is amongst them. Thank you, Alexander, for your warm words, we are proud to work with you and your Magazine. And hope our collaboration will be even more fruitful in the future.

Underwater America in National Geographic

Underwater archeologyUnderwater America is a title of the piece on underwater archaeology by Alexander Grek, Editor-In-Chief of National Geographic Russia, illustrated with marvelous photography by Viktor Lyagushkin.

The story of shipwrecks and heroic work of UW archaeologists, historical lines and ancient trade ways in National Geographic Russia September 2013 here.


Whale Petrovich in NG Nordic

White Whale PetrovichThe amazing photo of white whale Petrovich by our photographer Viktor Lyagushkin, which won the Best Edit Award from National Geographic Headquarters, was so attractive, that it turned attention of another National Geographic regional magazine – Nordic.

Please meet Whale Petrovich in NG Nordic!

White Rivers in White Sea

White Rivers in White Sea White Rivers in White Sea this is title of our publication in National Geographic Russia Magazine July 2013 about mystery phenomenon, which had been discovered by our team in April 2013 at Polar Circle.

Plunging under the ice of the bay Biofiltry on the White Sea, we found that the bay’s basin at 7 m deep seemed to be filled with smoke. At touch smooth interface between the transparent and whitish water heaved with swirls and its smooth contours restored only few hours later. “Smoke” had a strong smell of hydrogen sulfide.
Although hydrogen sulfide is used for medical purposes, such as hydrogen sulfide baths, the gas is very toxic. Even a small amount of hydrogen sulfide in the air inhaled causes dizziness, headache, nausea; and its significant concentration leads to coma, convulsions, pulmonary edema, and even death. For marine life hydrogen sulfide is as much as dangerous. Divers’ anxiety was clear, so they took samples of the water and turned to the scientists. The explanation was surprising and not simple.

Whale Petrovich

Whale PetrovichDuring our expedition to White sea, where we did a surprising discovery, Viktor made a shot of a 20 year old white whale named Petrovich. The beluga basked in the spring sunshine and was happy about spring coming.

The photo of whale Petrovich became popular; image with some info on white whales was published in National Geographic Russia Magazine (June 2013) and won the Best Edit Award from the National Geographic Headquarters! Congrats Viktor!