Russian Mafia Tombstones
Russian Mafia Tombstones. Passion for art is seen even among Russian mobsters, their tombstones prove this. These photos were taken in the cemetery of Dnepropetrovsk, in the Ukraine, a place much like the mafia-infested Yekaterinburg, in Mother Russia. Although the two cities are 2,000 km apart, mafia fashion is very much the same. During the Russian Mafia Wars of the ’90s bosses started commissioning these lavish tombstones for them and their loyal subjects. A macabre masterpiece like this costs between $8,000 and $250,000.
Granite stella heavy crosses, the fence with gilded angels of half human growth … The famous sculptors worked on these monuments. Prophetic epitaph of Dante and other classics are engraved on the tombstones. If we are to mourn and remember the lost must be big and impressive.
The criminal authorities even after the death have a reverent attitude. In cemeteries they have VIP zones: at the entrance, on a central avenue. The monuments are lit, in winter staff in any weather clears them with soft brush of snow and ice, put fresh flowers in the summer. Russian mafia elite members rest on prestigious cemeteries of the capital: Vagankovsky, Staroarmyansky, Danilov, Nicolo Archangel. There is even a private “brotherly” cemetery, like the one that is located in suburban Rakitin. In the early 90’s Russian mobsters purchased entire sections at urban churchyards, so that these tough guys would be together even in the world of dead.
Inscriptions and epitaphs on the graves of the “authorities” – a separate issue. In Togliatti on the monument to the head of a criminal group, Dmitry Ruzlyaev – Big Dima – carved succinctly: “Dima”. On the headstone of a man nicknamed Blue friends wrote: “And on the ashes of the soul is nothing to sprout, only time will exact relentlessly for those who will not come.” Vladivostok grave of kingpin Mikho is decorated with completely unambiguous words: “Here, sleep good and justice.” But surpassed all fellow colleagues Mukha White: the stele in the form of a cell phone is decorated with the inscription: “The subscriber is unavailable”
Monuments featuring “old chap” with cards, keys of “Mercedes” in hand – in the past. In recent years, the monuments of “authorities” are done with imagination. For example, in Nizhny Novgorod on Starozavodsky cemetery there is a unique gravestone to well-known in criminal circles man named Zaron. Next to the statue of the deceased in full growth is “floating” stone swan, from its eyes … shed tears.
In August 2014 15 thiefs-in-law were crowned – a record since 2000. There are currently more than one thousand thiefs-in-law. In the 1990s were killed more than 200 thieves and more than 1 thousand criminal authorities.
sources: www.diary.ru, ttolk.ru