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Chechens Trickle Back to Ruined Capital

The muddy road to Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov’s office runs through a war-pulverized factory complex, where a conveyor belt to a long-gone building vaults overhead like an unintended ceremonial arch. “Welcome to Kadyrov’s palace — good luck,” says a Russian officer at a checkpoint. In the fifth year of Russia’s war against separatist rebels — the second war in Chechnya in a decade — the republic’s ruined capital mixes deep fears and high hopes emblemized by the presidential office building. Though not palatial, it is new and shiny, with staff tapping away at computers. But the surrounding rubble-strewn wasteland is tightly guarded as a necessary security buffer — the office is a couple of hundred yards from the government building destroyed in a suicide truck bombing. Full Story

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