Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How Russia buries its Mafia Kingpins

Standing imposingly over their graveyards full of commoners and clad in black marble, these Russian Mafia bosses remind visitors that, even in death, they have status.
Photos captured by a Moscow-based photographer show the final resting place of Russian gangsters and criminals, now surrounded by intricate statues and floral arrangements.

The Russian Mafia can trace their origins back to the Imperial Russia of the 1700s, where they were regarded as folk heroes for stealing from the rich and establishing a 'code of conduct' among each other. However it was the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 which made them rise to their current levels, with ex-KGB spies and former soldiers turning to crime to exploit the Russian economy.
Many of the Russian oligarchs such as Roman Abramovich, who became fantastically rich during this period, have critical links to Russian mobsters.

Today, factions of the Russian Mafia are involved in drug smuggling, money laundering, prostitution and countless other criminal ventures. They are often regarded as some of the most dangerous organized crime groups in the world.