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.
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."
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.
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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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