The Russian North Caucasus tourism cluster project won prestigious MIPIM Asia Awards competition in 2011 in the category ‘Best Project of the future of Central and Western Asia. This award is important not only for the ‘Northern Caucasus Resorts’ company. This is a serious, significant victory of Russia. We have proved that they are able to realize an innovative, modern, forward-looking project.
-Director General of JSC ‘Northern Caucasus Resorts’ Alexei Nevsky.
Three teenage men suspected of insurgency were last seen at this location on the 28th of July, 2009.
In 2009, there were fifty-seven recognized mass graves in the Republic of Chechnya, all of them unopened. Countless, smaller graves are assumed to lie beneath the capital’s parks, courtyards, and basements. Prompt demolition and rebuilding over these sites usually takes place as soon as remains are discovered. The sites are kept under strict surveillance until the reconstruction is complete. The reconstruction methods (cement, water, building) are conducted to ensure that no forensic examination is ever possible.
In 2006, when the military union was dismantled, Human Rights Watch asked for a detailed forensic investigation on the location of the dismantled ROVD, which was suspected of being the site of a large mass grave. They were refused access to the area. A school for children with hearing disabilities was proposed to be built at the location. Kadyrov offered Chechnya’s lack of specialists in DNA forensics as an explanation for the failure to grant investigators permission to examine the site. But the head of DNA forensics in Moscow confirms he can and wishes to conduct tests should the government permit the exhumation. Grozny, Chechnya, 2009