Grozny, Chechnya 2007

3/31/2007

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As of 2006, the federal government representatives of Chechnya are based in Grozny. Even though the war is officially over, political murders, bombings and clashes between the Russian forces and the separatists continue but becoming increasingly sporadic. In August 2002, an entire residential area near Khankala was demolished in response to Khankala attack. On December 27, 2002, insurgent suicide bombers destroyed the republican government complex, killing 80 people. On May 9, 2004, the Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov and several other top officials were killed in a bomb attack in Grozny.

Meanwhile, reconstruction is underway. By June 2006, out of more than 60,000 apartment buildings and private homes destroyed, 900 have been rebuilt. Out of several dozens of industrial enterprises, three have been partially rebuilt - the Grozny Machine-Building Factory, the Krasny Molot (Red Hammer) and Transmash factories. The railway communication was restored in 2005, and Grozny's Severny airport was reopened in 2007 with three weekly flights to Moscow. Most of the city's infrastructure was destroyed and many continue to live in ruined buildings without heating and running water.

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