Part 2: Nikolai, Russian Prison Tattoo Artist

Con't from Part 1: - We cannot show his Nikolai's face, remember, as he fears for his life by talking about the Russian underground, while inside he had a relatively comfortable experience, tattooing the big bosses and the upper echelon of criminals. Though he was able to live a better

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