Shatoy, Republic of Chechnya, Russia | Davide Monteleone

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

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Rada, age 14, trying on a wedding dress designed by her sister, inside a bus during a rehearsal for a movie on the Chechen deportation. As in many other Muslim countries, child brides were very common in Chechnya. Although President Kadyrov strongly promotes a merger of Chechen tradition and Islamic law, the Russian federal government recently forced him to publicly condemn the practice of child marriage, which is illegal in the entire Russian Federation.