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Postcards From The Edge: Daghestan In Pictures

Russia's restive province of Daghestan has had a tough time of late. The assassination last week of a moderate Muslim leader threatens to add new fuel to a cycle of insurgent attacks and government crackdowns, which have seen scores of people die in recent months. Nonetheless, as Reuters photographer Maria Turchenkova discovered on a recent visit, life goes on for inhabitants of the troubled Caucasus region, despite the precarious security situation.

Men build a new madrasah, or religious school, in the village of Gimry.
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Men build a new madrasah, or religious school, in the village of Gimry.

Young men and boys pose for a street picture in Gimry.
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Young men and boys pose for a street picture in Gimry.

A boy hides his face behind a balloon on a street in Gimry.
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A boy hides his face behind a balloon on a street in Gimry.

A man rides his bicycle in the mountain village of Gimry.
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A man rides his bicycle in the mountain village of Gimry.

Mountain mist floats above Gimry's village cemetery. 
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Mountain mist floats above Gimry's village cemetery. 

Local residents stand near a mini truck, which was seriously damaged during a special antiterrorist operation conducted by Russian military forces in the town of Kaspiysk in July.
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Local residents stand near a mini truck, which was seriously damaged during a special antiterrorist operation conducted by Russian military forces in the town of Kaspiysk in July.

A man stands near a house that was ruined during a special Russian antiterrorist operation in Kaspiysk.
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A man stands near a house that was ruined during a special Russian antiterrorist operation in Kaspiysk.

A Kaspiysk resident shows her house, which was seriously damaged during the Russian antiterrorist operation. 
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A Kaspiysk resident shows her house, which was seriously damaged during the Russian antiterrorist operation. 

A woman walks along a road in the settlement of Akhty in southern Daghestan.
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A woman walks along a road in the settlement of Akhty in southern Daghestan.

Young Salafi Muslim women spend time at a public women's beach in the Daghestani capital, Makhachkala.
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Young Salafi Muslim women spend time at a public women's beach in the Daghestani capital, Makhachkala.

Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov at his home in the village of Novosasitli. 
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Salafi preacher Abdurakhim Magomedov at his home in the village of Novosasitli. 

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