Also by Amina Umarova
November 22, 2013
Chechnya's Forgotten Children Of The Holodomor
In 1932-33, thousands of starving Ukrainians were able to flee the "Holodomor," the devastating famine that claimed millions of lives in Soviet Ukraine. A number of them sought refuge in Chechnya, including orphaned children who were eventually brought up by local families. But this fact remains virtually unknown outside Chechnya.
July 23, 2012
One Chechen's Cry From A Russian Jail -- 'Do These People Have Hearts?'
The Russian authorities say the war in Chechnya is over and reconstruction is well under way. But rights activists say the republic's uneasy calm is happening amid thousands of extrajudicial disappearances, cases of torture, and trumped-up legal processes. RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service correspondent Amina Umarova recently spoke to one Chechen man who is serving an 18-year sentence for a conviction he claims is based entirely on evidence obtained by torture. This is his story.
October 21, 2010
Despite Official Measures, Bride Kidnapping Endemic In Chechnya
Bride abductions are an endemic phenomenon in the Caucasus and Central Asia. In Chechnya alone, rights activists say as many as one in four marriages begins with the woman being kidnapped and forced to wed against her will.
November 19, 2008
Identifying Chechnya's Dead
The Kremlin and its handpicked leader take credit for what they say is a return to peacetime life in Chechnya. But despite a reconstruction boom in Grozny, Russia has yet to come to terms with the legacy of two devastating wars, and there has been no systematic identification of the dead.