Russian Mafia Tombstones Are Just As Obnoxious As You’d Expect

Even in the face of death, Russian mobsters and mafiosos made sure to celebrate the wealth and lavish lifestyles they once lived.

In a series called Essence, photographer Denis Tarasov captures images of their tombstones, which are often intricately engraved with a portrait of the deceased holding a lit cigarette and standing next to their expensive cars.

Throughout cities like Yekaterinburg, Russia, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, these tombstones remain intact.

Check out the Russian mafia tombstones in the slideshow above. These things are just as obnoxious and extravagant as one would expect.