But there is no question that a new battle has begun in an old war that Moscow—and many in Grozny—had hoped was over.
Seierstad is the author of The Bookseller of Kabul and, most recently, The Angel of Grozny: Life Inside Chechnya.
Everything was all set—and then Taylor was brought low by brain cancer, and the Grozny reception called off.
Those images from the Grozny offices were transferred immediately to colleagues outside Chechnya.
Just then Grozny was shaken by a powerful blast, reminiscent of the explosions of the past.
Artillery fire could be heard in Avtozavodsky district, on Chernyshevskogo and Putin avenues in downtown Grozny.
MOSCOW — The capital of Chechnya, Grozny, seemed to blow up around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.
And even as he plots defenses against American and allied air raids, he is taunting Vladimir Putin and his allies in Grozny.
The capital of Chechnya, Grozny, was attacked Thursday by insurgents who may have sworn allegiance to ISIS.
It belonged to one Alexander Yurtayev, born in the Chechen capital of Grozny in 1961.