The Chechen Republic in Russia's restive North Caucasus region is marking a Day of Peace, commemorating the third anniversary of the officially announced end of counterterrorist operations in the volatile republic.
Events for the April 16 holiday in Chechnya include concerts, gatherings, and special ceremonies devoted to the day.
Three years ago, Moscow formally announced that a military campaign against militant religious extremists was over and the overall situation in the region had stabilized.
Russia's federal military troops remain in the republic while the Islamic insurgency has spread to the neighboring Russian republics of Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Kabardino-Balkaria in recent months.
Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS