A Legend on the Volga River: Valentina Svistunova's 50-year career

Sometimes, dozens of boats drop anchors here as they wait for their turn to pass through the canal lock. Important urgent cargo, tourist cruises: they’re all frozen in anticipation.Boats carrying cargo are allowed to pass during the hours when the Nizhny Novgorod hydroelectric station’s schedule calls for increasing its output.

Sometimes, dozens of boats drop anchors here as they wait for their turn to pass through the canal lock. Important urgent cargo, tourist cruises: they’re all frozen in anticipation.Boats carrying cargo are allowed to pass during the hours when the Nizhny Novgorod hydroelectric station’s schedule calls for increasing its output.

Mikhail Mordasov
Valentina Svistunova is known all along the Volga: “I’ve been on this canal lock for fifty years now,” says this beautiful, confident woman with proud bearing
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