User talk:Evstafiev

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Photos should be credited[edit]

to the photographer who shot them. This is a universal rule. And there are no Wiki rules that suggest the opposite. In the case with the Lipovans, just like with my other photos donated to Wiki, I ask to leave the byline. This is a common rule for any encyclopidia. This is also what the page below asks for

Thanks for your kind understanding and cheers. obraz 10:19, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

No problem. I apologise for the misunderstanding. Kind regards, --Asterion talk to me 05:36, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

siege at Sarajevo[edit]

Do you have more photographs like this? We don't have many Wikipedians who were actually there during the siege, so I'm just curious on the circumstances. How did you manage to get such a vantage point? Did you seek it out, or were you there when the building caught fire? (I notice this was taken from a ruined building, yes?) Elle vécut heureuse à jamais (Be eudaimonic!) 17:20, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Oh, photos should be credited, but they're traditionally credited at the image page. Just for concise captions the latter is favoured, but I don't mind that much either way so it was just a heads-up. Cheers! Elle vécut heureuse à jamais (Be eudaimonic!) 17:21, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

The photo was taken from the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo where many of the journalists covering the siege were staying. Some parts of the building were also hit previously by shells and sniper fire. I'm sure you've seen other photos from uploaded in Commons. cheers obraz 09:30, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

9th Company[edit]

Hi Evstafiev, noticed you changed the cas figures that I got from Carey Schofield's book. Which reference was your source? Cheers Buckshot06 04:52, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

There was an article that I contributed to on about the actual events. It is based on eye-witness accounts and different book sources published in Russian. I was also in the area, in Gardez back in 1988, when this happened. obraz 16:07, 14 December 2006 (UTC)


The aforementioned picture has been nominated for featured picture status both here and on Commons at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Image:Evstafiev-chechnya-prayer.jpg and Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:Evstafiev-chechnya-prayer.jpg. What we're after is a better description, caption, date and place for the image, which is to be placed on its description page. MER-C 08:38, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Fantastic photos[edit]

I was in Sarajevo recently and it's so great to have some photos from the siege on Wikimedia. Thanks so much for coming aboard! --Padraic 14:25, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Most kind of you. obraz 15:13, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Image:Evstafiev-chechnya-prayer.jpg[edit]

An image uploaded by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, Image:Evstafiev-chechnya-prayer3.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Chris.B | talk 17:29, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
Congratulations! This is a fantastic picture! -- lucasbfr talk 15:45, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Mikhail,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture Image:Evstafiev-chechnya-prayer3.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on March 22, 2008. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2008-03-22. howcheng {chat} 16:58, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Kulibayev Photo[edit]

I am starting an article on Timur Kulibayev. I was wondering if you had a photo you could upload. Thanks! Otebig (talk) 12:42, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Afraid I unhave any photos of this person. obraz (talk) 13:20, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Chechnya and Bosnia photos[edit]

I had a look through your photos after seeing the one on the main page now. I just wanted to say that they are spectacular, and thank you for sharing them with Wikipedia and the world. I particuarly like this and this. Anyway, thanks! J Milburn (talk) 19:22, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Most kind of you. regards. obraz (talk) 12:13, 10 April 2008 (UTC)


I just wanted to say you've led a most fascinating life. It's great to have you on Wikipedia. -- (talk) 04:20, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

most kind of you. obraz (talk) 09:23, 7 August 2008 (UTC)


Hello, I wanted to ask you if you had a higher res version of this image. This one is very low, but it also looks fantastic, so it would be a pity to leave it like this. diego_pmc (talk) 09:11, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, but the hi-res version is part of my personal archive, not for distribution. obraz (talk) 10:03, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Amazing Pictures[edit]

I know you have been praised for your pictures but i just wanted to reiterate how amazing they are. especially the ones taken during the yugolslav wars and in chechneya. are there any websites or online galleries of yours where i can see more pictures?! (talk) 20:25, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Most kind of you. There are some links here [1] obraz (talk) 08:46, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

File:Evstafiev-bosnia-serbs-boy-gun-to-head.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

An image or media file that you uploaded or altered, File:Evstafiev-bosnia-serbs-boy-gun-to-head.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. File:Evstafiev-bosnia-serbs-boy-gun-to-head.jpg (talk) 07:26, 19 February 2009 (UTC)


Dear obraz: Thank you for your message. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vasileiosg (talkcontribs) 09:01, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Dear obraz: thank you again for your comments... You seem to have taken this wiki photo personally... Wikipedia is open to all contributions from Internet users. That is including you, and many more. Anyone with Web access can edit Wikipedia. The administrators can temporarily or permanently ban editors of Wikipedia who fail to work with others in a civil manner. So please, restrain from making suggestive comments about me. You also ask me concerning personal information, let me remind you that these are extremely sensitive privacy data no person should disclose, or knowingly expose to identify a user. But thank you for your suggestions, I will try to find a better photo. User:Vasileiosg —Preceding undated comment added 12:42, 1 April 2009 (UTC).

It is not about "finding a better photo" - the photo you uploaded is OK, it is about using a better crop, without the logo, etc., to have a nice clear headshot of the person. obraz (talk) 15:52, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

An invite to join WikiProject Russia[edit]

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Hi, you are cordially invited to join WikiProject Russia. We are a group of editors working to improve Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to Russia.
We look forward to welcoming you to the project!

Many thanks for the invite. I will do my best to contribute. kind regards obraz (talk) 17:50, 13 June 2010 (UTC)


Just saw some of your great photos. Thanks for submitting them here. --AW (talk) 03:43, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

About Evstafiev-sarajevo-building-burns.jpg[edit]


I work for a Belgian newspaper and we would like to use the picture Evstafiev-sarajevo-building-burns.jpg in our article. Is this ok for you? If so, could you please send us ( the picture in high definition. The one on wikipedia is too small for print.

Thank you in advance

Kind regards Anja Pauwels — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ensignyoshi (talkcontribs) 13:23, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Thank you for the cello player in Sarajevo! Ijon (talk) 08:20, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

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