I'm David Tesinsky from Prague and I'm an independent photographer of the subcultures, urban cultures, street stories, and people's stories in general AKA reportage/social documentary photo series. I've made this portrait photography series of the women and men serving life sentence inside of a prison in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine... One of these serial killers has killed 29 people.

Some of the convicted felons had a wedding right inside of a prison. It was a very traditional one with the wedding night as well. This is supposed to be a prison for the "worst cases" from the whole of Ukraine but the prison looks really above a standard hostel. Very nice and clean showers, for example. Each murderer has a TV. There is a room for rent for one to several nights in case the prison inmate would like to spend some time in private with his/her lover or husband/wife. It cost about 4€ a night.

All convicted were cooperating well. Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Naumenko went there with me and helped me to get access to the jail and that's how I got the chance to take these interesting photos.

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Volodymyr Kyrylenko Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Brutal Murders

Volodymyr Kyrylenko Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Brutal Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 2. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Kath Leen
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2 years ago

the smile on this one is creepy...he looks through your soul...

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Ruslan Khudoliy Was Convicted In 2004 Of Robbery Series, Thefts And Willful Brutal Murders

Ruslan Khudoliy Was Convicted In 2004 Of Robbery Series, Thefts And Willful Brutal Murders

Number of victims: 29, Number of convictions: 1. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Daria Zotova
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2 years ago

29 victims?! Oh Good Lord...

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Lilia Chizhyk Was Convicted In 2009 Of Robbery Series And Willful Murders

Lilia Chizhyk Was Convicted In 2009 Of Robbery Series And Willful Murders

Number of victims: 3, Number of convictions: 2. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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Caitlin Smith
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2 years ago

It looks like she has makeup on?

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Valentyna Luchaninova Was Convicted In 2008 Of Homicide And Murders (Incl. During Family Quarrel)

Valentyna Luchaninova Was Convicted In 2008 Of Homicide And Murders (Incl. During Family Quarrel)

Number of victims: 3, Number of convictions: 1. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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Izzy S-B
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2 years ago

Questioning the mascara?

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Vitaliy Lukashuk Was Convicted In 2003 Of Willful Brutal Murder (Acclaimed, Took The Blame Of His Brother)

Vitaliy Lukashuk Was Convicted In 2003 Of Willful Brutal Murder (Acclaimed, Took The Blame Of His Brother)

Number of victims: 1, Number of convictions: 3. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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MysticSailora
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2 years ago

he doesn't look mean... but considering he's in prison, he probably is.

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Volodymyr Kyrylenko Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Brutal Murders

Volodymyr Kyrylenko Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Brutal Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 2. He is serving a life sentence in NAME OF PRISON HERE.

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Anastasia Pomorova.
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2 years ago

Mistake. You've already written about Kyrylenko. It's number 1.

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#7

Aider Reshitov Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series, Willful Brutal Murders And Arson

Aider Reshitov Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series, Willful Brutal Murders And Arson

Number of victims: 3, Number of convictions: 1. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Martin Sýkora
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2 years ago

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He looks a bit like Brad Pitt...

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#8

Kateryna Schuka Was Convicted In 2010 Of Murder And Homicide

Kateryna Schuka Was Convicted In 2010 Of Murder And Homicide

Number of victims: 3, Number of convictions: 1. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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Caitlin Smith
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2 years ago

Are women allowed to have makeup in prison in the Ukraine? I am fairly certain that they aren't in the US, it'd be interesting to know why it is allowed here.

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#9

Dmytro Suchkov Was Convicted In 2002 Of Robbery Series, Willful Brutal Murders (Including Policeman), Weapons Making And Storage And Being A Member Of The Gang

Dmytro Suchkov Was Convicted In 2002 Of Robbery Series, Willful Brutal Murders (Including Policeman), Weapons Making And Storage And Being A Member Of The Gang

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 2. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Anne
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2 years ago

Still he has nice eyes.. I'd not be scared if I ran into him.

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Ruslan Khudoliy Was Convicted In 2004 Of Robbery Series, Thefts And Willful Brutal Murders

Ruslan Khudoliy Was Convicted In 2004 Of Robbery Series, Thefts And Willful Brutal Murders

Number of victims: 29, Number of convictions: 1. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Susanna Vesna
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2 years ago

The flower over his head! Hahaha

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#11

All Prisoners Must Show Their Hands While An Officer Or Any Worker Of A Prison Comes In A Working Room

All Prisoners Must Show Their Hands While An Officer Or Any Worker Of A Prison Comes In A Working Room

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#12

Oleksandr Rogulev Was Convicted In 2002 Of Economic Crimes, Robbery And Murder

Oleksandr Rogulev Was Convicted In 2002 Of Economic Crimes, Robbery And Murder

Number of victims: 1, Number of convictions: 4. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Carolyn Stewart
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2 years ago

Looks kinda psycho.........

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#13

Maryna Hovor Was Convicted In 2012 Of Thefts And Willful Murders

Maryna Hovor Was Convicted In 2012 Of Thefts And Willful Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 3. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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MysticSailora
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2 years ago

it seems like prison #54 has female's in it only.

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Volodymyr Kyrylenko Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Brutal Murders

Volodymyr Kyrylenko Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Brutal Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 2. He is serving a life sentence in in a prison called #100.

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#15

Volodymyr Zakshevskyi Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Murder Being Policeman And A Member Of A Gang

Volodymyr Zakshevskyi Was Convicted In 2001 Of Robbery Series And Willful Murder Being Policeman And A Member Of A Gang

Number of victims: 1, Number of convictions: 1. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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Anne
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2 years ago

his eyes look like he used cocaine recently

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#16

Lilia Chizhyk Was Convicted In 2009 Of Robbery Series And Willful Murders

Lilia Chizhyk Was Convicted In 2009 Of Robbery Series And Willful Murders

Number of victims: 3, Number of convictions: 2. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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Shruti Naik
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2 years ago

This is a repeat...

#17

Tamara Shulga Was Convicted In 2007 Of Robbery And Willful Murders

Tamara Shulga Was Convicted In 2007 Of Robbery And Willful Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 1. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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#18

Lilia Deinega Was Convicted In 2016 Of Robbery And Willful Murders

Lilia Deinega Was Convicted In 2016 Of Robbery And Willful Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 1. She is serving a life sentence in in a prison called #54.

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#19

Vitaliy Lukashuk Was Convicted In 2003 Of Willful Brutal Murder (Acclaimed, Took The Blame Of His Brother)

Vitaliy Lukashuk Was Convicted In 2003 Of Willful Brutal Murder (Acclaimed, Took The Blame Of His Brother)

Number of victims: 1, Number of convictions: 3. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100.

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#20

Natalia Belezneva Was Convicted In 2006 Of Willful Murders

Natalia Belezneva Was Convicted In 2006 Of Willful Murders

Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 1. She is serving a life sentence in a prison called #54.

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clever username
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1 week ago

these people really stare through your soul

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