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 photography. I've made this portrait series of the women and men convicted for life inside of a prison in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine... One of them have killed 29 people.


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Some of the convicted had a wedding right inside of a prison. It was very traditional one with the wedding night as well. This is supposed to be a prison for the "worst cases" from whole Ukraine but the prison looks like really above a standard hostel. Very nice and clean showers, for example. Each murderer has a TV. There is a room for rent for 1 to several nights in a case of the convicted 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 an access into the jail.

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#1 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 2 months ago

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

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#2 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 2 months ago

29 victims?! Oh Good Lord...

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#3 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 2 months ago

It looks like she has makeup on?

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#4 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 2 months ago

Questioning the mascara?

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#5 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 2 months ago

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

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#6 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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Anne 2 months ago

Same as #1? different eyes though

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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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Carolyn Stewart 2 months ago

He's not looking at the camera..........wonder why?

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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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

#10 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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Anne 2 months ago

ehm, this one is named different above?

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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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All With Heart 2 months ago

Nice leopard print glasses...

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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 2 months ago

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

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#14 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 2 months 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 2 months 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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