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About Abdul Itslayev

Abdul Itslayev is an independent journalist. He has worked in the profession since 1980, for the Grozny-based publications Daimokhk and Respublika, as well as many Russian federal media outlets.

Articles by Abdul Itslayev

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The Second Chechen War: Testimony of an Eyewitness

Chechen journalist Abdul Itslayev lived out the Second Chechen War in his native village. Against a backdrop of rocket attacks, murder and robbery, he tried to piece together what, in fact, was happening. RU

One Chechen man’s quest for a real education

On this day in 1944, thousands of people in Russia’s North Caucasus were deported to Central Asia. They had few rights in exile — and had to fight every step of the way. RU

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