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In pictures: Chechnya's bright side

Grandma Patimat is our street’s chief accordionist. Although now she often complains about her health, she is still young at heart.

Many of her devoted listeners are no longer alive, and her accordion is not in good shape either.

But she keeps playing Chechen folk tunes and sometimes even sings.

I took this shot when I came to congratulate her at New Year. Listening to the festive shooting on the street she said: “We shouldn't let holidays disappear from our lives".

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