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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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RTXZ5T9
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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RTXZ5T6
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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RTXZ5SZ
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
An employee of a memorial complex devoted to former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov signs documents in...
Grozny, Russia
An employee of memorial complex devoted to former Chechen leader Kadyrov signs document in the Chechen...
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
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
Chechen women chat in a cafe in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. The naming of...
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Chechen women chat in a cafe in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny
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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May 01, 2013
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Participants in a local mixfight competition wrestle in the ring, with portrait of former Chechen leader...
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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May 01, 2013
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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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May 01, 2013
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Grozny, Russia
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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May 01, 2013
A car is parked outside a market in the centre of the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming...
Grozny, Russia
A car is parked outside market in centre of the Chechen capital Grozny
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
Grozny's central avenue named after former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov is seen in the Chechen capital...
Grozny, Russia
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
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
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A young Chechen man looks out of a car in Grozny
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...
Grozny, Russia
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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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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Grozny, Russia
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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Grozny, Russia
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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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Itum-Kale, Russia
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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
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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
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Grozny, Russia
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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May 01, 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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Cars drive along Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue, with the Heart of Chechnya mosque and skyscrapers in the background...
Grozny, Russia
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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May 01, 2013
The Heart of Chechnya mosque is seen in the Chechen capital Grozny April 27, 2013. The naming of two...
Grozny, Russia
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 April 29, 2013. The naming of two Chechens,...
Grozny, Russia
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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April 22, 2013
The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter...
Adler, Russia
Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics...
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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April 22, 2013
An Interior Ministry officer stands guard inside the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014...
Adler, Russia
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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October 03, 2011
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside...
GOITY, Russia
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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October 03, 2011
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside...
GOITY, Russia
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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October 03, 2011
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents show she is the oldest person in the world, displays her passport...
GOITY, Russia
Karuyeva, whose official documents show she is the oldest person in the world, displays her passport...
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents show she is the oldest person in the world, displays her passport 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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October 03, 2011
Relatives help Kesi Karuyeva (C), whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world,...
GOITY, Russia
Relatives help Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, inside...
Relatives help Kesi Karuyeva (C), whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, inside their 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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October 03, 2011
Kesi Karuyeva, whose official documents showed she is the oldest person in the world, looks on inside...
GOITY, Russia
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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