Incredible images reveal life inside Moscow's gritty underworld where hardcore football fans and bare knuckle boxers rule the streets

These stunning images were snapped by Belgrade-born photographer Boogie ahead of Russia’s first World Cup this summer.

Based in New York, the snapper became interested in the darker side of reality when he began documenting the war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

His travels to the Russian capital started in 2015 and show hard-drinking men against the backdrop of Soviet-era brutalist architecture.

In one picture, an older lady is shown sporting a huge black eye although it is not clear how she got the injury.

Another snap shows a man sitting in the front seat of an Audi car resting a handgun on his denim jeans.






Boogie visited a kickboxing club in the city where flat-nosed men of varying ages hone their fighting skills.

One picture shows an older man whose torso is covered with a Christian-style tattoo featuring the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus along with two angels.

Another man is shown bare-chested with a skull and dagger inking across his heart.





Heavy drinking is still a big problem in the country – with a quarter of Russian men dying before the age of 55.

The causes of death include liver disease and alcohol poisoning although many die in accidents or after getting into fights, according to a study by medical journal The Lancet.

Russia is also known for its hooligan football gangs some of whom have issued threats to England supporters ahead of the World Cup.

Many of the so-called Russian "ultras" have pledged to “unleash hell” during the football tournament.







A group of the ultras are using the Russian social networking site VKontakte to discuss how best to take on other fans.

One plan was to lure England fans to Reutov, a small town near Moscow, as it was thought “they would be easier targets to pick out”.

In turn, some England fans have also threatened to seek revenge after the bloodshed in Marseille during Euro-2016 when Russia and England fans clashed.

England supporters were specifically targeted by hammer and iron bar-wielding Russian hooligans ahead of the countries’ Euro 2016 opener in Marseille last year, which left two men in comas fighting for their lives.


Follow this link to check out Boogie's website and to find out more about his new book featuring his incredible Moscow photographs.


 

 

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