Chechnya’s Music Festival

In a conflict rooted in centuries of history, somehow I don’t think a music festival will make any substantive difference. A Q&A on the Chechen conflict.

Chechen rock fans have been listening to their favourite bands at a music festival in Chechnya, four months after it was called off amid security fears.

Billed as the region’s first major rock concert, the event in Gudermes, east of the capital Grozny, had tight security.

Correspondents say the Kremlin-backed authorities wanted the event to show that the North Caucasus was recovering from years of bloody conflict.

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