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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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