Khasavyurt, RUSSIA, 2012 - In Khazvyurt, a dusty Dagestani market town on the border with Chechnya the president of Dagestan, some famous wrestlers and a war veteran gathered to show their support for Putin. Many youngsters with flags and banners turned up, they laugh loudly at the oldfashioned speech of the veteran and cheer for Dagestan's most famous wrestler. The demonstration was held within the walled compound of the big sports palace, where the all-Russian judo championship in the name of Putin was about to begin. Both inside and outside of the walls a huge security apparatus secured the guests. Khazvyurt is in a permanent emergency status (locally called KTO). Everybody can be arrested any every house can be searched without any warrant. We stayed here only for a short time. Off to our next wrestling school, because this city may be infamous for its boyeviks  insurgents, it's famous for having trained the biggest number of wrestling champions in the Northern Caucasus.
Pro-Putin Rally
Khasavyurt, RUSSIA, 2012 - In Khazvyurt, a dusty Dagestani market town on the border with Chechnya the president of Dagestan, some famous wrestlers and a war veteran gathered to show their support for Putin. Many youngsters with flags and banners turned up, they laugh loudly at the oldfashioned speech of the veteran and cheer for Dagestan's most famous wrestler. The demonstration was held within the walled compound of the big sports palace, where the all-Russian judo championship in the name of Putin was about to begin. Both inside and outside of the walls a huge security apparatus secured the guests. Khazvyurt is in a permanent emergency status (locally called KTO). Everybody can be arrested any every house can be searched without any warrant. We stayed here only for a short time. Off to our next wrestling school, because this city may be infamous for its boyeviks  insurgents, it's famous for having trained the biggest number of wrestling champions in the Northern Caucasus.

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Date: 25 Feb 2012
Location: Khasavyurt Dagestan Russia
Credit: © Rob Hornstra / The Sochi Project
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