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STRIKING pictures capture the tough reality of life in Russia with locals subject to homelessness, police crackdowns and street fights.

Photographer Alexander Petrosyan has taken photos of Saint Petersberg for the last 18 years because of the city's "unpredictable" nature.

img alt=" Photographer Alexander Petrosyan has taken pictures of St Petersburg for the last 18 years" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686814.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686814.jpg?strip=all&w=594" height="395" width="594""> Photographer Alexander Petrosyan has taken pictures of St Petersburg for the last 18 years
Photographer Alexander Petrosyan has taken pictures of St Petersburg for the last 18 years

His snaps present St Petersburg, which will host one World Cup 2018 semi-final match as a city of contrasts.

In photo, armed police laugh as they drag a screaming man away from his friends.

But in another striking shot, police rally around and protect a young boy from ongoing violence in a town.

He told Italian Magazine: "I have two subjects: the city and the people. Saint Petersburg is my favourite stage."

img alt=" Homeless men lie at a bus stop strewn with litter" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686824.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686824.jpg?strip=all&w=595" height="393" width="595""> Homeless men lie at a bus stop strewn with litter
Homeless men lie at a bus stop strewn with litter
img alt=" These men stay close together, in front of a fire to keep each other warm" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686832.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686832.jpg?strip=all&w=596" height="399" width="596""> These men stay close together, in front of a fire to keep each other warm
These men stay close together, in front of a fire to keep each other warm
img alt=" This young woman smiles in front of a line of armed police" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686818.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686818.jpg?strip=all&w=598" height="397" width="598""> This young woman smiles in front of a line of armed police
This young woman smiles in front of a line of armed police
img alt=" But this woman looks disgusted by the sight of a man who appears to be trying to impress her" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686835.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686835.jpg?strip=all&w=593" height="595" width="593""> But this woman looks disgusted by the sight of a man who appears to be trying to impress her
But this woman looks disgusted by the sight of a man who appears to be trying to impress her

Although he doesn't believe in the "power of the camera", he believes his photographs have the capacity to illustrate the beauty of spaces struggling from political difficulty.

A group of homeless people are pictured dozing off at a bus stop, with litter strewn beside them.

But in contrast, he captured a group of friends sitting beside a fire, staying together to keep each other warm.

Petrosyan hopes to give the viewer a chance to "feel the culture and geography" of a place from his photographs.

After he won Best Photographer of the Year for two consecutive years at the St Petersburg Awards, he explained why he does not title his photos.

img alt=" Petrosyan believes locals are extremely strong, considering their poor circumstances and political struggles" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686816.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686816.jpg?strip=all&w=596" height="396" width="596""> Petrosyan believes locals are extremely strong, considering their poor circumstances and political struggles
Petrosyan believes locals are extremely strong, considering their poor circumstances and political struggles
img alt=" This young child wanders up to armed police who protect him from an ongoing local brawl" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686813.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686813.jpg?strip=all&w=594" height="598" width="594""> This young child wanders up to armed police who protect him from an ongoing local brawl
This young child wanders up to armed police who protect him from an ongoing local brawl
img alt=" Locals dressed all in red, walk past a dead bloodied animal on the street" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686822.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686822.jpg?strip=all&w=596" height="527" width="596""> Locals dressed all in red, walk past a dead bloodied animal on the street
Locals dressed all in red, walk past a dead bloodied animal on the street
img alt=" Petrosyan does not tolerate criticism hopes to give viewers their own chance to understand the geography of St Petersberg" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686829.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686829.jpg?strip=all&w=597" height="398" width="597""> Petrosyan does not tolerate criticism hopes to give viewers their own chance to understand the geography of St Petersberg
Petrosyan does not tolerate criticism hopes to give viewers their own chance to understand the geography of St Petersberg
img alt=" Homelessness is a growing problem in the city, with this person appearing to squat in this building" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686836.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686836.jpg?strip=all&w=475" height="592" width="475""> Homelessness is a growing problem in the city, with this person appearing to squat in this building
Homelessness is a growing problem in the city, with this person appearing to squat in this building
img alt=" Petroysyan believes St Petersberg is an astonishing city with so much contrast" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686825.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686825.jpg?strip=all&w=477" height="598" width="477""> Petroysyan believes St Petersberg is an astonishing city with so much contrast
Petroysyan believes St Petersberg is an astonishing city with so much contrast
img alt=" An elderly woman shuffles past a man appearing to wear a costume, in front of a costume shop" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000414307287.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000414307287.jpg?strip=all&w=589" height="396" width="589""> An elderly woman shuffles past a man appearing to wear a costume, in front of a costume shop
An elderly woman shuffles past a man appearing to wear a costume, in front of a costume shop
img alt=" Brave men smile as they share an ice bath in front of a wooden crucifix" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000414306593.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000414306593.jpg?strip=all&w=468" height="585" width="468""> Brave men smile as they share an ice bath in front of a wooden crucifix
Brave men smile as they share an ice bath in front of a wooden crucifix
img alt=" People huddle on top of a local building, as demonstrations continue to flare on ground" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000414305663.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000414305663.jpg?strip=all&w=595" height="398" width="595""> People huddle on top of a local building, as demonstrations continue to flare on ground
People huddle on top of a local building, as demonstrations continue to flare on ground
img alt=" An elderly woman cautiously walks across an iced road" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686776.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686776.jpg?strip=all&w=597" height="394" width="597""> An elderly woman cautiously walks across an iced road
An elderly woman cautiously walks across an iced road
img alt=" This man struggles to walk his pets in the snow, despite wearing huge snow boots" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686819.jpg?w={width}" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NINTCHDBPICT000413686819.jpg?strip=all&w=596" height="397" width="596""> This man struggles to walk his pets in the snow, despite wearing huge snow boots
This man struggles to walk his pets in the snow, despite wearing huge snow boots

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He told the magazine: "“I have given to all my pictures a title on the sensation that I felt while shooting them.

"They’re completely personal titles, even though I think that a beautiful photo doesn’t need any name at all.

"It just has to hit the heart of who observes it, and there’s no single name or title that can express such a subjective emotional language.”


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