The cemeteries are not really places to live in, that's for sure. However, some tombstones are sometimes noticeable and brighten the atmosphere, thanks to their creative epitaphs or even, depending on their architecture and their atypical design. Yet, even if you think you've seen it all, you've discovered another trend: the tombs Unusual criminals of the Russian mafia.
Just aftercollapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the big boss of the Russian underworld as well as close government "connections" have become very rich. In these chaotic post-Soviet years, those who took advantage of their wealth began to use unconventional methods to preserve their status and keep their share of the pie. And this particular cemetery is known to be the one hosting the most gangsters per square meter because located in one of the most violent from the country.
Located at Yekaterinburg, it is known to be the last resting place of these mafia, real local stars, sometimes even considered as heroes of war, fallen in the battle. And precisely, this part of the cemetery, surrounded by pretty green pines, is a little more special than the others ... Why?
Completely populated with huge gravestones giant, this corner of the cemetery is famous for its ultra-realistic portraits in real size dead people. Often posing with their expensive cars, many of them wear iconic leather jackets, typical of criminals, as well as off-the-price costumes, large gold chains, or tattoos; often people are represented holding a cigarette or Mercedes keys... surprising, no?
Here we are really at the maximum of kitchas you would have understood. All these tombs belong to these great bandits of the criminal world, for the most part victims of murders ; all between the 1990s and the 2000s. And above all, in order to expose their wealth At the sight of all, even six feet underground, the deceased wanted bottles of wine and other flourishes to be present at their resting place.
The modesty : to do what ? When you can afford to prove your financial capital from the grave, by erecting a big monument to his effigy. Another level of narcissism, which exceeds all that one can already know, like personalities no doubt very charismatic of these mafia. Igor Osikov, a municipal deputy of the cemeteries in Rostov, explains the folklore surrounding these places in his country:
The black and white portraits, engraved with laser on the gravestones, is a style adopted by the South Russians as and when years. Typically, one chooses a photo of the deceased when he was in his best light, as he would like to be called back. The tradition here is not to display a Virgin Mary next to the epitaph, but rather a picture of the person. Whether businessmen, doctors, architects or criminals, everyone has the right to be buried properly and not left on the street. Once here, they can rest in peace.
Tombstones very creative, extravagant and original: we like it or not, admit that we do not see it every day ... (But hey, after all, this is normal in Russia.) The result of all this? A series of photos strange but very intriguing.