Grozny (Russian: Гро́зный GROHZ-nyh) is the capital city of Chechnya. Since 2009 — the end of the Second Chechen War — Grozny has undergone a renaissance in development and many abandoned or low-quality apartments and houses demolished and replaced with newer re-built apartment buildings and suburbs. Grozny was built as a Russian fort. Throughout 1994 and the early 2000s the city underwent chaos as Russian military battled Chechen rebels.
During World War II, Josef Stalin accused the Chechen people as a whole with working with the Nazis to overthrow the Soviet government. The Chechens were labeled as a "traitor people". It was decided to deport all Chechens and Ingushis from the then Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic into exile in Central Asia. The republic was abolished and re-peopled with settlers from other parts of the Soviet Union: neighbouring North Ossetia, South Ossetia and Dagestan, Central Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine. When many of the harsher Stalin's policies were condemned and rolled back by the new Soviet leadership after 1956, the Chechen-Inglush Autonomous Republic was reinstated and Chechens were allowed to return to their homeland, doubling its population. However, no provisions were made to return the non-Chechen newcomers to their original places of residence or to compensate returning Chechens for homes and property that they have lost, much of it now in hands of the newcomers. This and the experience of deportation caused bitter resentment between Chechen and non-Chechen population of the Republic. Many Chechens with no means to subsist in the countryside anymore settled in Grozny, which has been an industrial city with predominantly Russian population even before the deportation, having only a handful of Chechen residents up until then.
In the 1990s, rebels began to form groups in an attempt to destroy Russian control in the city and the rest of Chechnya. The government lost partial control and the city was dangerous. Peace began to return during the late stages of the war in the 2000s, and the government is beginning to reconstruct the city.
By planeFor Sep 2016 there were only three main gateways to Grozny by air: the Vnukovo and Domodedovo Airports in Moscow and Bishkek Airport in Kyrgyzstan.
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By trainA night train departs from Moscow every second day, taking two nights. Due to terrorist threats, this train is heavily guarded, expect delays and hassles. Also, there is a night train from Rostov-on-the-Don and a day train from Astrakhan. Local trains connect with Khasavyurt and Gudermes.
By carGrozny is connected to the rest of Russia by a large highway system. The P-308, P-307 and M-29 highways connect the city to other cities in Russia. Keep in mind that it's best to take a map with you, or else you can get lost.
By busA bus usually leaves from Nazran to Grozny and other cities in the Caucasus region of Russia, so remember when you are going to stop.
It's very difficult to get around Grozny since during the Siege of Grozny the tram and trolley system was almost destroyed. The tram is not expected to re-open, but the trolley has re-opened. The trolley still has not fully developed, so it's best to use a car in the city. There is a (religious) taxi company operating in the city called Islam, which uses green-painted cars.
Akhmad Kadyrov MosqueCompleted in 2008 and locally known as the Heart of Chechnya, this is by far the largest mosque in Russia and one of the more lavish in the world.
Church of St. Michael the Archangel'Renovated after being almost destroyed during the Siege of Grozny.
- Another good place to go is to Downtown Grozny which features many lights and shops and restaurants that are at good prices. There are also many stands which sell fruit and beer.
- On weekends, you can go and watch some football (soccer) at the Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium. FC Terek Grozny plays there in the Russian Premier League.
- Café Oasis is a reasonable place to eat in downtown Grozny. It will be difficult to find though. You might want to bring a guide.
- A good and cheap hotel is the Hotel Arena City. The hotel is new and modern, and has many essentials you can find in other hotels in the rest of the country. Many other hotels are being built. It is reported that rebels closely monitor hotels, so be careful.
phone: +7 8712 29-60-00address: pr. Kadyrova 1/16
- Argun — a city that is a few miles east of Grozny along the highway.