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Story Publication logo June 10, 2011

North Caucasus: A Journey Through Russia's Killing Zone


A woman in Sernovodsk, Chechnya, holds a picture of her brother, allegedly killed by Russian security forces in 2004. Image by Tom Parfitt, Chechnya, 2004.

Ten years after the end of full scale war in Chechnya, a smoldering insurgency has spread to...

Svetlana Tsgoyeva, 69, visits the hall where her granddaughter, Zalina Albegova, 9, died in 2004. Image by Tom Parfitt. North Ossetia, Russia, 2011.

In the southwest corner of Russia, an Islamist insurgency has spread out of Chechnya into neighboring regions of the North Caucasus and is claiming hundreds of lives a year.

Moscow-based reporter Tom Parfitt set out on a journey through five Russian republics -- Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan -- to examine the roots of the conflict and to find out what drives young men to join the rebels.

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