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UKRAINE-CRISIS/MARIUPOL-KADYROV
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March 28, 2022 
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov meets with head of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk... 
Mariupol, Ukraine 
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov visits Mariupol 
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov meets with head of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin at an operations centre in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine March 28, 2022. Picture taken March 28, 2022. REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HELT 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HELO 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEL3 
December 10, 2014 
A pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
A pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the... 
A pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEKY 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEKK 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEK0 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEJY 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEJM 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion run during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEJE 
December 10, 2014 
A Pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the territory... 
A Pro-Russian separatist from the Chechen "Death" battalion takes part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEJC 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion walk during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEIW 
December 10, 2014 
One of the pro-Russian separatist leaders from the Chechen "Death" battalion, identified as his nickname... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
One of pro-Russian separatist leaders from the Chechen "Death" battalion speaks during training exercise... 
One of the pro-Russian separatist leaders from the Chechen "Death" battalion, identified as his nickname "Stinger", speaks during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS/
RTR4HEI4 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion stand in a line during a training exercise... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion stand in a line during a training exercise... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion stand in a line during a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS/CHECHENS
RTR4HEHP 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
UKRAINE-CRISIS-CHECHEN-FIGHTERS
RTR4HEHO 
December 10, 2014 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory... 
Pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "Death" battalion take part in a training exercise in the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, December 8, 2014. Chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), dozens of armed men in camouflage uniforms from Russia's republic of Chechnya train in snow in a camp in the rebel-held east Ukraine. They say their "Death" unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people, mostly former state security troops in the mainly-Muslim region where Moscow waged two wars against Islamic insurgents and which is now run by a Kremlin-backed strongman. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) 
USA-EXPLOSIONS/RUSSIA-CHECHNYA
RTXZ5TE 
May 01, 2013 
Cars drive along the road outside Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has it's roots, in... 
Chiri-Yurt, Russia 
Cars drive along road outside Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has it's roots, in Chechnya,... 
Cars drive along the road outside Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has it's roots, in Chechnya, Russia April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION TRANSPORT)

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May 01, 2013 
A boy walks along the street in Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has its roots, in Chechnya,... 
Chiri-Yurt, Russia 
A boy walks along the street in Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has its roots, in Chechnya,... 
A boy walks along the street in Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has its roots, in Chechnya, Russia April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
A mosque is seen in Argun Gorge in Chechnya, April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and... 
Argun Gorge, Russia 
A mosque is seen in Argun Gorge in Chechnya 
A mosque is seen in Argun Gorge in Chechnya, April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)



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May 01, 2013 
People wait for a bus outside Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has its roots, in Chechnya,... 
Chiri-Yurt, Russia 
People wait for bus outside Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has its roots, in Chechnya,... 
People wait for a bus outside Chiri-Yurt, the village where the Tsarnaev family has its roots, in Chechnya, Russia April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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May 01, 2013 
Girls play on swings in a playground in the Chechen capital Grozny April 29, 2013. The naming of two... 
Grozny, Russia 
Girls play on swings in a playground in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Girls play on swings in a playground in the Chechen capital Grozny April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (Russia - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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May 01, 2013 
Boys play soccer on the outskirts of the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens,... 
Grozny, Russia 
Boys play soccer on the outskirts of the Chechen capital Grozny 
Boys play soccer on the outskirts of the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (Russia - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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May 01, 2013 
A car drives past horses, standing at the edge of a road, outside the Chechen capital Grozny April 24,... 
Grozny, Russia 
A car drives past horses, standing at the edge of a road, outside the Chechen capital Grozny 
A car drives past horses, standing at the edge of a road, outside the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANIMALS)

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May 01, 2013 
A student attends a lesson at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23,... 
Grozny, Russia 
A student attends a lesson at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny 
A student attends a lesson at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION EDUCATION)

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May 01, 2013 
A student attends a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny... 
Grozny, Russia 
A student attends a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny... 
A student attends a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION EDUCATION)

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May 01, 2013 
Students attend a lesson at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013.... 
Grozny, Russia 
Students attend a lesson at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Students attend a lesson at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (Russia - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION EDUCATION)

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May 01, 2013 
Anzor and Salakhutdin, students at the Russian Islamic University, pray in their flat in the Chechen... 
Grozny, Russia 
Anzor and Salakhutdin, students at the Russian Islamic University, pray in their flat in the Chechen... 
Anzor and Salakhutdin, students at the Russian Islamic University, pray in their flat in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION EDUCATION)

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May 01, 2013 
Students attend a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny... 
Grozny, Russia 
Students attend a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny... 
Students attend a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 23. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (Russia - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY EDUCATION)


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May 01, 2013 
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An employee of a memorial complex devoted to former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov signs documents in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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May 01, 2013 
Florists arrange flowers in the Chechen capital Grozny April 22, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar... 
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Florists arrange flowers in the Chechen capital Grozny April 22, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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May 01, 2013 
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Chechen women chat in a cafe in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (Russia - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS FOOD)
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Participants in a local mixfight competition wrestle in the ring, with a portrait of former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov in the background in the village of Goryachevodsk, Russia April 24, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT BOXING)

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Terek Grozny fans support their team during a soccer match against Amkar Perm at the Akhmad Arena stadium in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT)

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Terek Grozny fans support their team during a soccer match against Amkar Perm at the Akhmad Arena stadium... 
Terek Grozny fans support their team during a soccer match against Amkar Perm at the Akhmad Arena stadium in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night.Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (Russia - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS SPORT)

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A car is parked outside a market in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night.Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

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May 01, 2013 
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Grozny's central avenue named after former Chechen leader Kadyrov is seen in Chechen capital Grozny 
Grozny's central avenue named after former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov is seen in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TRANSPORT CITYSCAPE)

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May 01, 2013 
A police car drives along a street in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 22, 2013. The naming... 
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A police car drives along a street in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 22, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW)

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May 01, 2013 
A young Chechen man looks out of a car in front of a building that bears the slogan: "Ramzan, thank you... 
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A young Chechen man looks out of a car in front of a building that bears the slogan: "Ramzan, thank you for Grozny!" in the Chechen capital Grozny April 22, 2013. Ramzan Kadyrov is the current Chechen leader.The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TRANSPORT)

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May 01, 2013 
Guests clap as they watch dancing at wedding party in the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The... 
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Guests clap as they watch dancing at wedding party in Chechen capital Grozny 
Guests clap as they watch dancing at wedding party in the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Moscow has poured billions of roubles into rebuilding Chechnya, a mainly Muslim province that has seen centuries of war and repression. Picture taken April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
Guests dance at a wedding in the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar... 
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Guests dance at a wedding in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Guests dance at a wedding in the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Moscow has poured billions of roubles into rebuilding Chechnya, a mainly Muslim province that has seen centuries of war and repression. Picture taken April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
Women watch dancing at a wedding party in the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The naming of two... 
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Women watch dancing at a wedding party in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Women watch dancing at a wedding party in the Chechen capital Grozny April 24, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (C) watches as men load up a cannon during a government-organised event... 
Grozny, Russia 
Chechen leader Kadyrov watches as men load up cannon during government-organised event marking Chechen... 
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (C) watches as men load up a cannon during a government-organised event marking Chechen language day in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 25, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Moscow has poured billions of roubles into rebuilding Chechnya, a mainly Muslim province that has seen centuries of war and repression. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
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Members of youth club supporting former Chechen leader Kadyrov march along street during rally in Grozny... 
Members of a youth club supporting former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov march along the street during a rally in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 25, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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Members of youth club supporting former Chechen leader Kadyrov march along street during rally in Grozny... 
Members of a youth club supporting former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov (printed on flag) march along a street during a rally in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 25, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Moscow has poured billions of roubles into rebuilding Chechnya, a mainly Muslim province that has seen centuries of war and repression. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
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Members of Chechen dance group pose for photographers at government-organised event marking Chechen language... 
Members of a Chechen dance group pose for photographers at a government-organised event marking Chechen language day in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 25, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
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A policeman wears a ring showing the Islamic symbol of the star and crescent, as the barrel of a rifle is seen in the background, in the Chechen village of Itum-Kale April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
A group of young Chechen men hang out on a street corner in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny... 
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Chechen men hang out on street corner in centre of Chechen capital Grozny 
A group of young Chechen men hang out on a street corner in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Moscow has poured billions of roubles into rebuilding Chechnya, a mainly Muslim province that has seen centuries of war and repression. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
Special forces officers stand guard during a government-organised event marking Chechen language day... 
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Special forces officers stand guard during a government-organised event marking Chechen language day... 
Special forces officers stand guard during a government-organised event marking Chechen language day in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 25, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
A Muslim man prays in the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013. The... 
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A Muslim man prays in the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny 
A Muslim man prays in the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 01, 2013 
Muslim men wait for Friday prayers in the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April... 
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Muslim men wait for Friday prayers in the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Muslim men wait for Friday prayers in the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
Muslim men arrive for Friday prayers at the central mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013.... 
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Muslim men arrive for Friday prayers at the central mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Muslim men arrive for Friday prayers at the central mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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Muslim men arrive for Friday prayers at the central mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013.The... 
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Muslim men arrive for Friday prayers at the central mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny 
Muslim men arrive for Friday prayers at the central mosque in the Chechen capital Grozny April 26, 2013.The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night. Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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May 01, 2013 
Cars drive along Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue, with the Heart of Chechnya mosque and skyscrapers in the background... 
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Cars drive along Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue, with the Heart of Chechnya mosque and skyscrapers in the background... 
Cars drive along Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue, with the Heart of Chechnya mosque and skyscrapers in the background in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night.Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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The Heart of Chechnya mosque is seen in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two... 
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The Heart of Chechnya mosque in Chechen capital Grozny 
The Heart of Chechnya mosque is seen in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night.Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY POLITICS RELIGION)

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An aerial view shows the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny 
An aerial view shows the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has put Chechnya - the former site of a bloody separatist insurgency - back on the world's front pages. Chechnya appears almost miraculously reborn. The streets have been rebuilt. Walls riddled with bullet holes are long gone. New high rise buildings soar into the sky. Spotless playgrounds are packed with children. A giant marble mosque glimmers in the night.Yet, scratch the surface and the miracle is less impressive than it seems. Behind closed doors, people speak of a warped and oppressive place, run by a Kremlin-imposed leader through fear. Picture taken April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter... 
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The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics April 22, 2013. A group leading an Islamist insurgency against Russia said on Sunday it was not at war with the United States, distancing itself from last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Insurgent violence, rooted in two separatist wars between Russian troops and Chechen separatists following the fall of the Soviet Union, occurs regularly across the North Caucasus near Sochi, where Moscow plans to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: TRANSPORT CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS OLYMPICS) 
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Interior Ministry officer stands guard inside the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014... 
An Interior Ministry officer stands guard inside the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics April 22, 2013. A group leading an Islamist insurgency against Russia said on Sunday it was not at war with the United States, distancing itself from last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Insurgent violence, rooted in two separatist wars between Russian troops and Chechen separatists following the fall of the Soviet Union, occurs regularly across the North Caucasus near Sochi, where Moscow plans to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: TRANSPORT CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SPORT OLYMPICS) 
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August 31, 2012 
Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov gives an interview at his house in the village of Novosasitli, July... 
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Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov gives an interview at his house in the village of Novosasitli 
Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov gives an interview at his house in the village of Novosasitli, July 13, 2012. Throughout the 12 years since Vladimir Putin rose to power and crushed a Chechen separatist revolt, Russia has battled a simmering insurgency across its mainly Muslim Caucasus mountain lands: Chechyna and its neighbors Ingushetia and Dagestan. Picture taken July 13, 2012. To match Insight RUSSIA-DAGESTAN/ REUTERS/Maria Turchenkova (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY RELIGION CRIME LAW) 
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Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov gives an interview at his house in the village of Novosasitli, July... 
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Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov gives an interview at his house in the village of Novosasitli 
Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov gives an interview at his house in the village of Novosasitli, July 13, 2012. Throughout the 12 years since Vladimir Putin rose to power and crushed a Chechen separatist revolt, Russia has battled a simmering insurgency across its mainly Muslim Caucasus mountain lands: Chechyna and its neighbors Ingushetia and Dagestan. Picture taken July 13, 2012. To match Insight RUSSIA-DAGESTAN/ REUTERS/Maria Turchenkova (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY RELIGION CRIME LAW) 
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Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside... 
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Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside her... 
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside her house in the village of Goity, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the Chechen capital Grozny September 27, 2011. Having lived through the Bolshevik Revolution almost a century ago, the enforced deportation of Chechens at the hands of Josef Stalin and two post-Soviet separatist wars, Karuyeva's passport says she turned 116 at the start of this year. Picture taken September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Diana Markosian (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside... 
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Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents show she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside her... 
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside her house in the village of Goity, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the Chechen capital Grozny September 27, 2011. Having lived through the Bolshevik Revolution almost a century ago, the enforced deportation of Chechens at the hands of Josef Stalin and two post-Soviet separatist wars, Karuyeva's passport says she turned 116 at the start of this year. Picture taken September 27, 2011. REUTERS/Diana Markosian (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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