Photographer Denis Sinyakov recalls a popular saying: “There are two countries – one is called Russia and the other is called Moscow.”
In Moscow, he says, things are a little different.
One only needs to step through the doors of the Marusya nightclub to see what he means. Young, brawny, often shirtless men — bathed in the glow of red light — can be found serving drinks, dancing and entertaining women who pay them to do so.
The male employees, with their bulging muscles and scant clothing, age roughly between 26 and 30, Sinyakov said. They hail mainly from other parts of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Many have day jobs, and a number of those Sinyakov spoke to work as circus performers outside of the club.
“They say that they actually like this way of living; it’s easy to get money,” he said. “They say if they dislike some of…
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