By Sergey Bezberdy
The elaborate graves of the Russian mafia have been captured on camera by a 45-year-old professional photographer from Moscow.
The photographer, who wishes to remain anonymous, visited five Moscow cemeteries on the hunt for the notorious mobs and stumbled across a handful of prominent members of the mafia.
During his visits to the cemeteries located at Armenian, Lyublinkoye, Kuzminskoye, Lyublinkoye and Vagankovskoye the photographer captured shots of the ornate statues of the infamous criminals, surrounded by floral tributes.
However it was not an easy task, some sections of the cemeteries are heavily guarded, meaning most of the areas are out of bounds to the public.
In Russia it is not unusual to hear the extravagant tales of the mafia bosses, or ‘Thieves in Law’ as they are referred to in the Soviet country.
However it is common for their lifestyles to be kept secret until their death.
But many do attempt to investigate their mysterious lives, and take a particular interest in how they are treated after they die.