Update 2: Мост Ахмата Кадырова

Akhmad Kadyrov Bridge, St. Petersburg, Russia

In my last post, I wrote about the scholarly works on Akhmad Kadyrov I was reading. Now, in St. Petersburg, I’ve been focused on another lens through which to view his legacy—the Akhmad Kadyrov bridge, located on the outskirts of the city. I’ve been to the bridge, as well as analyzed local, contemporaneous news stories […]

Writing the War (Hero): Update 1

The scope of my research has narrowed since I began. I’ve realized there is more than enough of a story for me to tell just by focusing on Akhmad Kadyrov’s place in official histories of the Chechen War, without the other two figures I had initially planned on also examining. I’ve spent the last couple […]

Writing the War: Constructing Official Memory of the Chechen Wars in Modern Russia

The conflict in Chechnya offers an interesting, undeniably tragic story, but how is that story told in Russia? Given the restriction on the press, and any government’s interest in presenting their own wars favorably, I believe that I will find a different story in Russia than the one I have read about. This project aims […]