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By Mark McConville

 

 

YOU CAN GAZE into the eyes of serial killers though this series of chilling portraits who are surprisingly well-cared for despite their hideous crimes and can even rent a £4 “love room” to enjoy conjugal visits.

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. David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

Taken in former Soviet prisons in the Ukraine, every person pictured in this hair-raising set of images has killed more than one person. With the ice cold stare of a killer, the intense eyes of Ruslan Khudoliy, who has 29 victims and is serving a life sentence for a series of robberies, thefts and brutal murders, almost appear to pierce the screen which separates him from freedom.

VITALIY LUKASHUK was convicted in 2003 of willfulbrutal murder (asclaimed, took theblame of his brother). David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

Other hard gazes come from Kateryna Schuka, who was convicted in 2010 of murder and homicide of three people and is now serving a life sentence, Valentyna Luchaninova who was convicted in 2008 on an identical charge sheet and one woman where the only fact the photographer could learn is that she had killed more people than any other prisoner.

Kateryna Schuka (on the right) is having a little fun with her friend outdoor of a prison. David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

Czech photographer David Tesinsky has released his new photo series looking at the gazes of these serial killers. It was shot inside a prison in Kharkiv, east Ukraine.

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. David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

Each prisoner included in the series has killed at least person and this was Tesinsky’s way of looking into their soul to see how they could commit these evil deeds.

Kateryna is looking at the photographs from her wedding that took a place inside of a prison few years ago.
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“I’m an independent documentary photographer of the subculture of “people’s stories” and I’m seeking to find out controversial, unique, special or just somehow deep view about the usual or unusual social topics,” said the Prague-born photographer.

VITALIY LUKASHUK was convicted in 2003 of willfulbrutal murder (asclaimed, took theblame of hisbrother). Number of victims: 1, Number of convictions: 3. He is serving a life sentence in a prison called #100. David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

“I look for bright moments and also problems of nowadays. Photography is a weapon and a cake for me at the same time.

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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“It can open the eyes of people by seeing moments captured my way and also feel a pleasure by having the good times looking at them.”

VOLODYMYR KYRYLENKO was convicted in 2001 of robbery series and willful brutal murders. Number of victims: 2, Number of convictions: 2.
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One of the most surprising things Tesinsky noticed was that the prison for the absolute ‘worst case’ inmates looked little different to a standard hostel.

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It contained clean showers, TVs in every cell and if an inmate wished to spend some time with their lover they could rent a room for several nights at just £4 per night.

Only known fact about this woman is that she have killed most of the people from all the prisoners in a prison called #54.
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One of Tesinsky’s images captures a tender moment as mass murderer Kateryna Schuka looks at photographs from her wedding on a TV screen.

All prisoners must show their hands while an officer or any worker of a prison comes in a working room.David Tesinsky / Universal Features / mediadrumworld.com

 

The killer’s wedding took place inside prison a few years ago and she looks wistfully at the photographs of her big day.

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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Other striking images show all the prisoners facing the wall showing their hands behind their back, a move they must do any time an officer or prison worker comes into a working room.

 

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