Symbols of a life of crime: The fading tattoos on Russia’s gangland prisoners that can be read like a criminal underworld CV

These haunting images were taken in the early 1990s by photographer Sergei Vasiliev after he gained access to some of Russia’s toughest prisons at the peak of the post-Soviet Union gangland power struggle.

Symbols of a life of crime: The fading tattoos on Russia’s gangland prisoners that can be read like a criminal underworld CV

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