Olga Kravets | Ramzan Kadyrov's Chechnya

Country of origin: Russia
Project location: Chechnya
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2013

For over a decade after the war in Chechnya, Russia kept journalists out of the region and activists silent. Filling the void in the last years, Olga Kravets has been documenting Chechnya’s recovery from the war under the radicalized rule of Ramzan Kadyrov. 

Completed with a 2013 Emergency Fund grant, “Ramzan Kadyrov’s Chechnya” tells the story of a traumatized and fragmented society that has learned to cope with an oppressive government.

A journalist by education, I initially picked up photography in search of means of expression alternative to words, as freedom of media in Russia where I grew up is pretty much non existent. Then filmmaking came naturally after that, a love from the first sight. I decided not to choose between the three mediums and combine them all for the benefit of the story, be it a week-long reportage or a long-term project.