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The Pharaohs Of Our Time: Russia’s Gangster Graveyards Depicting Important Belongings Through Life

When you want to be remembered for eternity…

Photo: Amos Chapple/RFE/RL

In Yekaterinburg, a gangland tradition of tombstones featuring bling, booze and cars has gone mainstream. Imagine being so powerful through your life that you want that power to reflect for eternity? Wait, this is nothing new, from Egyptian pyramids that marked pharaohs life to all other powerful men that wanted to be remembered for eternity. Thanks to Photographer Amos Chapple this unique Slavic tradition has been now noticed and will become a part of history.

Naturally powerful gopniks, gang members, bosses but also influential neighborhood guys also love the idea of being remembered, thus the incredible tradition of picturesque tombstones has arisen, lo and behold, they depict what they were remembered for. Just like Vikings were buried with their swords and marks from their famous raids, these guys also show their meaningful things like their cars (Lada, Moskvich), their best clothing or any other display of power or their influence

Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

Amos Chapple Photography

It looks like the darkness of evening but this is 14:25 in the after… noon during the long polar night in Murmansk. I was walking towards my hotel as this blizzard hit the city.

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