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Travel to Chechnya?

Recently I was contacted by a representative of the newly established tourism branch of the Chechen government. They're organizing a promotional tour in late summer/early fall and she wants me to submit a proposal for a spot. In the proposal, I'm supposed to explain who I am, my profession, the platforms on which I write, and why I want to visit the region. This is the easy part. However, I'm not a well-known blogger and don't have a large audience so the chance of getting a spot on this press tour is extremely remote. Perhaps they're interested in having an American, especially a woman, write her impressions of the region. I doubt many average Americans have ever stepped foot in Chechnya.

In my Ukrainian Village post , I wrote about the Chechen bombers in Boston. I've read a lot about this region but maybe I'm too trusting, always trying to find an ounce of goodness in everyone. Of course I sometimes give up and realize that some people are in fact truly horrible with empty, worthless souls.

What do you think? If you had the opportunity to travel there, would you go? 

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usverushka
May. 30th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Съездить, конечно же, можно. Но вам не покажут настоящую Чечню.
modest_so_zvezd
May. 31st, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
а настоящая это когда из заниженых приор шмаляют в воздух по любому празднику?
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sasha_greey
May. 30th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Why do you soil oneself
texnic
May. 30th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Actually I don`t think that you can see any especially interesting there. Grozny now is a new city, of course with some local specialities, but as for me it has little of interest for travellers, like Baku, Dubai, Doha etc. Under protection of local goverment it should be like a usual sightseeing tour.
peacetraveler22
May. 31st, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
Well the landscapes are beautiful, I've read a lot of reports from the Chechen Republic. I can see similar sights in the States but to me the most interesting part is the people there, the mentality. For instance, the person who contacted me has already informed me the "Tsarnaev brothers were framed by the U.S. government for political purposes." I don't claim the U.S. government is perfect or innocent, but I certainly don't believe they are bombing citizens or setting up extremists.
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igorbasic
May. 30th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Many people in Russia hate Chechen after genocide of russians (before and after first war).
And president of Chechnya was a Chechen rebel. And then "defected" to the Russian side. Now, Chechnya gets a lot of money "for the restoration" from Russian government, in contrast to other regions.
It will be like North Korea - you will be shown only the best, not real life. And your reputation will be ruined.
modest_so_zvezd
May. 31st, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
спасибо кэп
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timsparrow
May. 30th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
I would NOT go. Too easy to ruin one's reputation.
tori_latvia
May. 30th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
No, I wouldn`t!
shkripka
May. 30th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
no, never, but I have personal reasons
peacetraveler22
May. 31st, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
What reason? Someone close to you was killed or harmed during the wars?
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con_vertor
May. 30th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
definitely not.
onkel_hans
May. 30th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
I would not travel even to Israel. The only chance for me to go to Israel will be the open war of anti-sionists.

Regarding Chechnya - did you see the movie of the remarkable, recently deceased Russian director, Balabanov , Voina (The War)?

It is about the fate of two British visitors to Chechnya. Very depressing.
peacetraveler22
May. 31st, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
No, I've only seen брат.
g_kar
May. 30th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
>What do you think? If you had the opportunity to travel there, would you go?
I don't think it's a good idea. I can't think of any good reason for me to accept such offer from underlings of a person who is tied to several high-profile assassinations, not mentioning multiple human rights abuses and turning part of Russia into medieval hell.

Anyway, by some reason Kadyrov started really big PR campaign lately, and that includes inviting a lot of bloggers to visit the region, etc.
Afaik, such reports about Chechnya are currently made in very DPRK-like style: you are being toured around by officials, you don't meet normal, common folk, and you're fed with propaganda. (I think you should definitely clarify this with people who are inviting you.)
peacetraveler22
May. 31st, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
I've read the reports from other bloggers who have traveled there, including friends. But, I'm not in the same category as them. No one knows about my lonely little blog. :)
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timbes5
May. 30th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
don't go with official propoganda tours:) if you are so interested in checnya, try to make your own trip with an attendant.
here are enough pictures to make a notion if it may be interesting for you
http://vartumashvili.livejournal.com/tag/%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%87%D0%BD%D1%8F
fareastener
May. 31st, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
Really interesting, thanx.
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anonymus
May. 30th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
Traveling to Chechnya, you are supporting international terrorism, remember this. And personally murderer of many Russians Kadyrov.
fareastener
May. 30th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
I would go.
I'm russian, I have many friends and acquaintances of different nationalities, even include chechens. :) Why don't go and see that land?

I suspect, nazi commentators will now shaming me in style "Enough to feed the Caucasus", yes sir. Well, I'd like to advance reply them - burn in hell, you fuckin' bastards.
feidliom
May. 30th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
You're soviet, baby. Not Russian. :))
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descolorio
May. 30th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
I would go, and highly recommend you don't waste this opportunity. You would have a great time. I grew up in Northern Caucasus, so know pretty much what to expect.

On official tour, you will be technically a guest of somebody in high authority, and hospitality over there is a big deal. It would be 100% safe. The place is not dangerous anymore, but they'll give you bodyguards anyway. You'll get sort of VIP treatment, meaning luxury accomodation and getting around in a very expensive cars, that's for sure. But there is no such thing as poverty and misery among Chechens anyway. Besides, the mountains are beautiful, food is pretty good, and everything will seem exotic. Also, you will spend 0 dollars, as they wouldn't allow you to pay for anything.
peacetraveler22
May. 31st, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
What is your home city?
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alexey_kan
May. 30th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's not surprisingly that you are getting all the Russian myths and fears about Chechnya here. Of course, Chechnya and DPRK are not the same, you can get an opportunity to see the sights of Grozny without any escort and in the daytime it gonna be relatively safe. In Pyongyang that's impossible as a matter of principle. If I could, I visited Chechnya with any way. But Im a journalist and Im a man, the latter is more important in this case.
peacetraveler22
May. 31st, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
I would not walk around Grozny alone as an American woman, or many other parts of Russia. First, there will always be a language barrier and second, as you pointed out, females must be much more cautious when traveling solo.
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