Monday, 3 September 2012

Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, Grozny, Chechnya, Russia

This isn't an actual "proper" postcard but a Touchnote card, but since since it seems to be pretty much impossible to get any postcards from Chechnya, I'm just fine with this. :) Thank you so much Olga for helping me out with my Russia collection!

On this card you can see the Ahmad Kadyrov Mosque in Grozny, Chechnya. It's the largest mosque in Russia and is officially known as "The Heart of Chechnya". It was established in 2008. Grozny is the capital city of the Chechen Republic, Russia. The city lies on the Sunzha River. According to the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 271,596.

Chechnya, then, is a federal subject (a republic) of Russia. It is located in the southeastern part of Europe in the Northern Caucasus mountains. The capital of the republic is the city of Grozny. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Chechen-Ingush ASSR was split into two: the Republic of Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic. The latter proclaimed the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, which sought independence. Following the First Chechen War with Russia, Chechnya gained de facto independence as the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. Russian federal control was restored during the Second Chechen War. Since then there has been a systematic reconstruction and rebuilding process, though sporadic fighting continues in the mountains and southern regions of the republic.

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