Final Reflection: Akhmad Kadyrov, Murderer and Martyr

When I began this project, sitting in the Library of Congress, I thought I was doing something very different. I believed I would be looking broadly at how the history of the Chechen Wars is told in Russia through the lens of about five key figures. I quickly realized I would be narrowing my scope, […]

Update 3: Theoretical Framing for Kadyrov Bridge

Upon arriving back in the States, I dug deep into the theoretical framework through which I hoped to understand my bridge. I found the toponymic work of Reuben Rose-Redwood et al. and began to use it to interpret what I found. The discrepancy between the state memory and unofficial memory of Akhmad Kadyrov was what […]

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 […]