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Why I traveled to Chechnya

It is risky to travel to places where torture and murder take place. As a journalist, one can quickly become unwanted – and attacked. Just this happened on my trip in Chechnya.

I look out over Grozny town and think of all the armed guards guarding the entrance to the five star Grozny City Hotel. One of them had a large wooden club which he swung in a circle in the air. I wonder why he looked at me when he did this. Or is this waving with the impact weapon something he usually does to make time pass?

It is around ten o'clock in the evening, and the hotel restaurant with panoramic views of Grozny is half empty. This is the place where those who govern the country meet. The restaurant is located on top of the hotel built and owned by Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's dictator. . .

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Øystein Windstad
Former journalist at Ny Tid.

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