Grozny City is not like any one of the Russian cities. Wide roads, no mangy five-story building, a lot of cafes and restaurants. And it’s in a small provincial town of small region! Of course, everyone knows the story of Grozny, it was destroyed almost to the ground. But it had been restored. Today it is the safest city in Russia.
1.The monument at the entrance to the city.
4. They built a complex of skyscrapers “Grozny Сity”, in one of the towers of which there is located 32-storey hotel. Where else in Russia (except Moscow) since the Soviet era anything like that had been build?
5. One of the towers was burnt. The windows of my room looked out just on the fire-damaged skyscraper. No trace of a fire is visible, though. The house was quickly cleaned from soot, and soon will be rebuild.
6. Approximately the same picture I did three years ago from the roof of one of these houses, but the last time it was unfinished. Now on the top floor of the hotel there is a restaurant with a viewing platform.
7. Residential areas.
8. The city is green and homelike.
9. Why there are no such parks in other cities?
10. The main part of Grozny consists of private houses. And behind the houses – the mountains of the Caucasus. In general, the ideal for me is “the American” system of the city, with a central area of downtown, and the private sector around.
11. A narrow river Sunzha flows in Grozny. Over three years they have made a stone embankment. Almost beautiful.
12. But the promenade ends in a stalemate. You cannot even climb the bridge. And why such embankment is needed?
13. In general, the city is beautiful.
14. Interestingly, the bench turned in the direction of the bushes is especially conceived so?
15. The inner courtyard of the mosque “Heart of Chechnya”. The mosque is very beautiful. It is actually very similar to the Blue Mosque, Istanbul.
16. The overwhelming majority of the Chechen car park are all Lada models with a small amount of very expensive foreign cars.
17. The town is still a lot of signs with Kadyrov’s quotations, as well as portraits and photographs of the young Putin. The last time when I was here, I was shocked, but now I understand. It’s just the east specifics. In Muslim countries, they often hang portraits of the rulers. Such a culture.
18. V.V.Putin Avenue.
21. Ramzan Kadyrov
22. There are many police officers on the streets. They stand at posts, drive patrol cars. Severe guys but friendly ones and happy to take pictures.
23. The typical old playground in Russia.
24. The cat is caught on the spot.
25. The central streets are swept several times a day and they are very clean. But it’s hard to keep an eye for all the streets, people themselves must take care of them.
26. They drive here terribly. And that’s putting it mildly.
27. There is the Orthodox Church on Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue. It seems to be the only one in the city.
28. Pedestrian bridge over Kadyrov Avenue.
29. For some reason, Depardieu is on a billboard.
30. If you carefully read the signs, you can see which products are in demand in the city.
32. I had a bit of free time, and I went out of town to see the nearest surroundings.
33. The life of a village in Chechnya.
34. The road to Shatoi began to expand and overhaul. Soon there will be two lanes in each direction.
36. I want to take a ride on the North Caucasus by car.
37. River Argun, the beginning of the famous Argun gorge. There is a suspension bridge over a small river.
38. Suddenly here appeared some policemen armed to the teeth. They asked us who we are then offered to accompany, “just in case”. Again, not given up taking pictures.
42. I like Grozny. It is cozy, with delicious food and people are friendly here. Well, in fact, this city is an example, the other ones are falling apart. Is it necessary to destroy everything to the ground to build anything decent and modern?
All photos are by Alex Belenkiy, his website is below: