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I visited Hassan, a rather poor Chechen back in 1992, before the wars. Hassan's simple house had no electricity, but he greeted us with grilled lamb and two bucket sized bowls full of caviar, one - red, the other one - black.

During the feast I asked Hassan what came of the Russian special forces unit that Eltsin's government had sent to "take care of things" in Grozny soon after Chechen's had declared independence. Hassan pointed to the back of his house.
"See the man in shackles weeding my garden? Ivan is one of them. He is our slave now."

The tip I took home was: come to Chechnya as a friend and you will be treated as a king; come to Chechnya as an enemy and you just might end up in shackles, doing hard labor in people's gardens...

That was 15 years ago. Things might have changed now. Who knows...
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When traveling to Krasnodar be aware that summer starts here in the late May and lasts up until mid September. As it might get very hot due to high humidity it's undoubtely wise to escape to the Black or Azov seacost which are only 2-3 hours away. The late fall and winter might not be the best seasons for visiting the city as it's normally cloudy, the temperatures are about 0..+10 degrees with no or few melting snow or as it happens more often lately even rain.

Learn at least several core words and phrases in Russian as it's hard to find an English speaker there (unless of course you haven't hired an interpreter). Watch out the cars while crossing the streets as the green light does not necessarily mean the vehicles stop.

It's only widely possible to exchange Euros or US Dollars.

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Volgograd is a great Russian city rich with History and Culture. If you did not know, Volgograd was once known as the Famous city of Stalingrad, but was renamed after the Volga River that runs through it. I would strongly suggest seeing the Stalingrad War Memorial and Museum. The famous Russian Sniper Vassili Zaytsev is buried there, his Rifle and Diary are on display there. It was declared a "Hero City of WW2" by the British. If you can, try to talk to the locals, they can tell you stories that the tourist information won't tell you. Well if you have any more questions contact Peter Smirnov, it appears as Lt. Peter.
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