Surely lured by the extremely graphic videos and photos of Russian DIY cheap alt heroin addicts with decomposing brains and sickly green flesh sliding off their bones, Vice has sent a pretty journalist into the Siberian town of Novokuznetsk to investigate. Enlightening.
The Krokodil Tears series isn’t bad, actually. So far, three of four parts are up. You get the full spectrum — the zonked out junky squatters cooking sulphur, iodine and codeine inside hollowed out project ruins and shooting it up with their stubby, rot-eaten fingers, the fragile Jesus freaks swaying at services in well-meaning but cultish Evangelical rehab clinics, the melancholy cop investigator who thinks heroin the trade boom is a terrorist revenge plot from Afghanistan… Worth watching.