Russia’s forgotten eastern cities captured in gritty photographs by Instagrammer Barabakaa

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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.

 This dark photo shows a little boy pointing a handgun at the cameraPetr 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,.

 A man with a bruised face and missing teeth seems to snarl at the cameraPetr Barabakaa A man with a bruised face and missing teeth seems to snarl at the camera  A woman kicks a man in the face in a brutal street brawlPetr Barabakaa A woman kicks a man in the face in a brutal street brawl  A woman flashes her breasts in the street as others look onPetr Barabakaa A woman flashes her breasts in the street as others look on  Two girls dance the night away as a DJ spins decks in the backgroundPetr Barabakaa Two girls dance the night away as a DJ spins decks in the background  A man bathes in mud in an old bathtub in this bizarre snapPetr 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.

 Vladimir Putin looks down over a market from a mural on a block of flatsPetr Barabakaa Vladimir Putin looks down over a market from a mural on a block of flats  A man with a lamp balanced on his chest gets a tattooPietr Barabakaa A man with a lamp balanced on his chest gets a tattoo  An injured man with a bloodied head is tended to in this dark imagePetr Barabakaa An injured man with a bloodied head is tended to in this dark image  A group of women smoke cigarettes in front of a desolate set of ruined buildingsPietr Barabakaa A group of women smoke cigarettes in front of a desolate set of ruined buildings  Barabakaa said he first got into photography through skateboardingPetr 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.

 A crowd of men gather to watch a car burn as smoke billows into the skyPetr Barabakaa A crowd of men gather to watch a car burn as smoke billows into the sky  Two tattooed men pose for the camera before going for a dipPetr Barabakaa Two tattooed men pose for the camera before going for a dip  A church is dwarfed in size by a huge Soviet-style block of flatsPetr Barabakaa A church is dwarfed in size by a huge Soviet-style block of flats  The snapper's subjects are often bruised, dishevelled or poorPietr Barabakaa The snapper's subjects are often bruised, dishevelled or poor

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