Russian Criminal Playing Cards
Russian Criminal Playing Cards

Russian Criminal Playing Cards

Regular price $ 20.00

Measures 3.54 x 2.56 inches.

 

In Soviet prisons card playing was prohibited. Cards were constructed using everyday materials sourced from prison life. The respect commanded by any Russian criminal was directly related to his ability to play, and win at cards.

Each suit in this pack of cards has been taken from a different deck, hand-made by criminals in Soviet prisons during the 1980's. Their unique designs were formed with hand-cut stencils using 'inks' mixed from soot and blood.