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Inside Modern Chechnya

With the naming of two Chechen suspects in last month’s bombings in Boston, Chechnya has reappeared on the world’s front pages. In Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, there is little evidence of the two wars that devastated the republic over the past two decades. This photo series by Reuters photographer Maxim Shemetov shows rebuilt streets, elaborate new buildings, and a cult of personality devoted to leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his father and predecessor, Akhmad Kadyrov. But in private, many people speak of a lasting climate of fear and oppression. (19 PHOTOS)