Grozny, Republic of Chechnya, Russia | Davide Monteleone

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

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A group of men leaving the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, known as the “Heart of Chechnya,” following Friday prayers. Islam, long suppressed in Chechnya, is now heavily promoted. In addition to commissioning the mosque that bears his father’s name, Ramzan Kadyrov declared that under his rule, Chechnya would be “more Islamic than the Islamists.”