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Kremlin Fight Club

Russia's Martial Arts Diplomacy

At first glance, Grozny seems like an odd place for a gathering of the world’s best fighters. The capital of Russia’s restive Chechen Republic, Grozny is in a better place today than it was in the 1990s and early 2000s, when it was ground zero for two brutal wars between Islamist insurgents and the Russian state. But the city, like the region it inhabits, still ranks high on the misery index. Despite a major rebuilding effort on the part of the government, Chechnya’s unemployment and poverty rates are among the highest in the Russian Federation, and the region …

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