KIDS playing with guns, brutal brawls and women flashing in the streets.
These dark and gritty images reveal how cities in Russia's forgotten eastern and elsewhere in the country are ridden with misery, homelessness and addiction.
Petr Barabakaa This dark photo shows a little boy pointing a handgun at the camera
Shot in black-and-white for an even more oppressive feel, photographer Petr Barabakaa’s pictures of the post-Soviet east make for uncomfortable viewing.
The effect is made all the more threatening by his subjects.
Often bruised, dishevelled and poor, they never shy away from the camera, opting instead to stare boldly into the lens.
In one, a young boy calmly points a gun at the camera,.
Petr Barabakaa A man with a bruised face and missing teeth seems to snarl at the camera Petr Barabakaa A woman kicks a man in the face in a brutal street brawl Petr Barabakaa A woman flashes her breasts in the street as others look on Petr Barabakaa Two girls dance the night away as a DJ spins decks in the background Petr Barabakaa A man bathes in mud in an old bathtub in this bizarre snap
In another, a woman is seen violently kicking a man on the floor in the middle of a busy street. No-one interjects.
Other pictures show a woman, seemingly drunk, flashing passers-by or a bloodied man limply resting against a wall.
But Barabakaa also manages to capture some lighter moments against the stark, desolate background.
Women having a catch-up, men cheering and girls abandoning their body and modesty to the music.
Petr Barabakaa Vladimir Putin looks down over a market from a mural on a block of flats Pietr Barabakaa A man with a lamp balanced on his chest gets a tattoo Petr Barabakaa An injured man with a bloodied head is tended to in this dark image Pietr Barabakaa A group of women smoke cigarettes in front of a desolate set of ruined buildings Petr Barabakaa Barabakaa said he first got into photography through skateboarding
Barabakaa, who found his first camera in a Moscow skip, attributes his ease of access into Russia’s underbelly to his other passion – skateboarding.
He told Huck magazine last year: “When you skate you are out on the streets.
“You speak a mutual language with the city.
Petr Barabakaa A crowd of men gather to watch a car burn as smoke billows into the sky Petr Barabakaa Two tattooed men pose for the camera before going for a dip Petr Barabakaa A church is dwarfed in size by a huge Soviet-style block of flats Pietr Barabakaa The snapper's subjects are often bruised, dishevelled or poor