Documentary about the situation in Russian prisons and the people behind the bars. Especially the tattoos of the criminals and their meanings are in the focus of the producer. The documentary was filmed in some of Russias most notorious prisons, like the White Swan. The prisoners of the Stalinist Gulag, or “Zone,” as it is called, developed a complex social structure that incorporated highly symbolic tattooing as a mark of rank. The Mark of Cain examines every aspect of the tattooin. Several interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of The Zone and The Code of Thieve.

Russia’s Toughest Prisons


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