Russia was not preordained to despotism nor to a clash with the West. So how did things go so wrong?
“It’s important to remember so what happened then can never repeat itself,” said Yekaterina Ivanova, 34. “That’s why I’ve come with my child, so she can understand from her earliest years how important it is.”
We arrive in Argun, on the outskirts of Grozny. Days after the Russian assault, Tagir Gadzhiyev escorted English and American journalists along the same highway. They had to turn around here because of an air raid.