The Guardian (1999): Welcome to Chechnya. Welcome to hell

Robert Young Pelton, author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places, left Grozny on Thursday last week, an hour before the Russians closed the road. He spent a week in the Chechen capital. Here is his report:

It’s a five-hour drive over a 2,500-metre pass to Chechnya. When we got to the border, a Georgian guard greeted us in English with the words: “Welcome to hell.”

The road on the other side had been bombed away. Craters were 10 metres deep and a chasm was dotted with Russian mines. The two volunteers who offered to drive us into Grozny prayed before we set off.


Source: The Guardian

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