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Behind the Scenes: Eastern Promises: Vory V Zakone

Eastern Promises explores the underworld of the Russian mafia in present-day London. In this world, the tattoos on a person’s body tell one’s life story, often more reliably then what one could be trusted to offer themselves. Much research was done into the tattoos that Viggo Mortensen sports in his role as Nikolai Luzhin—they are based on actual symbolism used by the Vory V Zakone (or “Thieves in Law”) to communicate the strengths and proclivities a person has in their criminal dealings.

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