Archive: October 23, 2005 - October 29, 2005

Kazan: A Soldier's Family, Ten Years Later

In 1995, the war in Chechnya was a scorching hot topic here. Chechen rebel leaders had declared their intent to secede from Russia, and in December of 1994, President Yeltsin's government had responded with force, sending Russian troops into the...

By Lisa Dickey | October 28, 2005; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

How Kazan Aged Two Centuries in 28 Years

This year, Kazan celebrated its 1000-year anniversary -- and the fruits of that celebration are apparent everywhere. Churches, monuments, shops and hotels have been painstakingly renovated. A brand new subway system opened its doors in August. And busloads of tourists...

By Lisa Dickey | October 27, 2005; 8:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

Two Journalists in Kazan, Ten Years Later

On our original trip to Russia in 1995, Gary and I turned to journalist Vladimir Muzychenko for help in finding a local family to cover in Kazan. "Call me Bob," he'd barked, sticking out a meaty hand in greeting. He'd...

By Lisa Dickey | October 26, 2005; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (14)

Kazan: Peace in the "Cauldron"

After seeing the new mosque nestled inside the Kazan Kremlin, I found myself wondering why Muslim Tatars get along so well with Russians while their fellow Muslims, the Chechens, have an ongoing blood feud with them. Over the centuries, both...

By Lisa Dickey | October 25, 2005; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (15)

Kazan: The Mosque Inside the Kremlin Walls

David and I arrived in Kazan on a brilliant, sunny Saturday afternoon, perfect for wandering around the city. We decided to start with the city's Kremlin, a massive 16th-century fortress perched on the banks of the Kazanka River. As I...

By Lisa Dickey | October 24, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (14)

 

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