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In pictures: Chechnya's bright side
NUPTIAL GUNFIRE

Once I heard gunshots at the nearest military checkpoint. I couldn’t understand what was going on, but soon it became clear.

It was a wedding motorcade. Several brightly decorated cars were honking their horns, while Russian soldiers kept shooting in the air to celebrate the occasion.

Nowadays, many couples are very young, often under 18.

Some blame this on poor education, but others say it is a survival instinct - people want to prolong their lives through children.

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