Karat. Sky over St. Petersburg

Allthough, after years of change and decline, St. Petersburg’s historic center once more emanates metropolitan splendour, one just has to go to the first or second backyard off central Nevskij Prospect to find staircases littered with syringes –and to enter a diffrent world.

Stories of children and youths are told who live often on roofs and attics, five or six floors above the citiy’s streets where they hope to find a kind of home. Here they sleep, here they can take drugs without being apprehended, and here, too, they make money from prostitution.

„Karat“ is the brand name of a shoe polish containing solvents that many of them inhale.