I just cannot post enough photos of Sumgayit. The main north/south highway (more accurately, paved ribbon of fiery death) in Azerbaijan runs right through a wasteland of twisted metal pipes, defunct chemical factories and rusted scaffolds. Known once as The Chemical City, it is reportedly the most polluted stretch of real estate on earth. A nearby village is called "Polymer."
Honest to god, our eyes and throats burned after the five minutes it took to stop and take these photos. It doesn't seem to bother the sheep who graze around the wreckage, though.
Does anyone know who this is and why his photo is on a billboard along the Guba highway north of Sumgayit? I've never noticed it before. I theorize that it could be the 19th century Caucasian fighter Imam Shamil, but in all the pictures I've seen of him he looks a lot wilder and a lot less decorated.