Rustem Adagamov

Rustem Rinatowitsch Adagamow (Russian Рустем Ринатович Адагамов; born November 8, 1961 in Kazan ) is one of the most popular Russian bloggers and photojournalists.


The ethnic Tatar Rustem Adagamow was born in Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan and raised in Moscow. He studied at the Moscow Institute for Historical Archive (now RGGU ) and at the Polygraphic Institute (now MGUP ).

From 1996 to 2000 he lived in Tromsø, Norway, where he worked for an advertising agency. Since then he has dual citizenship of Russia and Norway.

Rustem Adagamow discovered the then still very small blogosphere in 1996, during his working visit to Norway according to his own statements in the long, dark, Norwegian nights. In March 2002, he moved at the suggestion of Anton Nossik the leading Russian-language blog platform LiveJournal, where he nicknamed Drugoi (Russian the Other ) is known. Originally wrote Adagamow translations of interesting articles from Norwegian, as well as their own little stories about his life in Norway. Later own photo features have been added, since 2009, images of photo agencies such as Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

His weblog Drugoi stands on the 5th place in the Yandex - rating of the most popular blogs in the Russian Web. According to LiveJournal he had more than 45,000 subscribers in February 2010.

For several years Rustem Adagamow the company SUP the Russian financier Alexander Mamut employees who operate the LiveJournal.

Outside the blogosphere Rustem Adagamaow became known, when, after an accident at Russia's largest Sayano - Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant was allowed to accompany the only photographer the rescue work in August 2009. In the first 24 hours after the accident, there was no official record and only shaky amateur photos of eyewitnesses. Quick rumors about allegedly trapped in flooded areas power plant employees who were not evacuated from overtaxed rescue workers spread. In this situation, the operating company RusHydro allowed the famous Russian blogger to watch the rescue work and to photograph.

A few days later Rustem Adagamow became the first blogger to the media office of President Dmitry Medvedev has invited the reporter pool of the Kremlin.

According to the director of the Kommersant publishing house and other observers of the Weblog of Rustem Adagamow is a real competition to the online editions of the largest Russian newspapers such as Vedomosti, Izvestia and Kommersant.