We thought it might be interesting to visit Grozny city of today and look how it has changed after the war. It turned out that the city was totally restored and it doesn’t remind much of the hard time it had to go through.
There are no exchange offices in Grozny but there are many money changers who always offer favorable rate.
The main mosque of the city
It’s the largest mosque in Russia and Europe.
It was opened on 17, October, 2008 during the forum “Islam – religion of peace and creation”. Its construction began in 2006 with the assistance of Turkey. The mosque’s minarets are the haghest in Russia, but the height of the cupola is 3 meters less than those in Kazan and St. Petersburg. Besides, it is more spacious than the mosque of Makhachkala.
Outside and inside walls are decorated with rarest marble – travertine, and the interior is beautified with white marble that is quarried on the island of Marmara Adasi in the Sea of Marmara.
There are lots of FSB officers in Grozny.
Only unarmed people may enter the mosque.
The main cupola of the mosque
The mosque was painted by Turkish masters, the mosque will keep its colors for the nearest 50 years. Patterns and texts have been written with pure gold spatter.
There are 36 chandeliers in the mosque. Their making took some tons of bronze, 2,5kg of pure gold and more than a million of various details. The chandeliers have a Chechen ornament.
Studying the Koran
The usable area of the mosque is 5000 m2, height of the minarets – 62 m, the total area of the Islamic center – 14 hectares.
Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Grozny
The cathedral was founded in the end of the XIX century, it was seriously damaged during the Chechen conflict, however it was restored and opened in 2006.
Fewer and fewer people come here …
It’s the only one cathedral in Chechnya except for a chapel in some village.
The Sunzha river
The Grozny City complex – the 1st construction stage consists of 8 buildings but they plan to build 50 of them.
A view from the City’s towers.
Today about 7000 Russians live in Grozny and theydon’t complain about persecution.
The worst curse in Chechnya: “let the fireplace go out in this house.”
Only Chechen women have to cover their heads.
A Chechen man may marry a woman of any nationality but a Chechen woman should marry only a Chechen man.
Police may ask you to show your documents in any moment.
“Heart of Chechnya” LTD. Nice.
Another peculiarity – many cars with flashers, and much noice in the streets…
However some unrestored districts can also be found.
Sasha helps to dismantle houses, he’s paid about 33 USD a day…
Only recently this woman and three other families lived in a demolished house. She moved to another abandoned during the war but not demolished house, however, she hasn’t been given any documents.
Sasha doesn’t plan to leave this place.
Schoolchildren. Traditionally adults do not pay much attention to problems, feelings and emotions of kids.
A man is showing the foundation of his house. He’s been given 11550 USD for its restoration but he spent this money for education of his three sons, however, he plans to restore the house anyway.
Some people still live in demolished houses …
A new school, girls wear kerchiefs of different colors depending on the grade.
Guests are always warmly welcomed in Chechen houses, it’s a good tradition.
Taxi in the city – about 3 USD, through the call service it costs about 3,7 USD. Each day a taxi-driver should give 22USD to his firm.
666 USD – is an average monthly salary of a taxi-driver.
“If you don’t act like a man, don’t sprout a moustache!” Those who have a moustache should follow three prohibitions: not to cry with grief, not laugh with joy, never escape in case of any threat.
Someone hasn’t paid a rental and all the pavilion has been closed. A guard is explaining: nobody will work till one doesn’t pay.