Elistandzhi, Republic of Chechnya, Russia, March 2013 | Davide Monteleone

Elistandzhi, Republic of Chechnya, Russia, March 2013 2014 | Photograph | 43 x 54 inches

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A bride ready to leave her family's house for her wedding.

Dating is not usually part of Chechen social life. Marriages are generally arranged by families, who try to marry into another family of at least equal, if not superior, wealth and social standing. Many young people choose whom they will marry, although they may ask for parental approval. Chechen parents exercise considerable pressure on their offspring to marry other Chechens. This is particularly true for women, since married women are considered to belong to the culture of their husbands.