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Do not drink alcohol and treat woman as a queen: Report from Grozny about traditions and mentality of Chechen people

Let's turn to another significant event of the week. The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, visited Belarus. The main topics considered economy, but this did not prevent the exchange of respectful compliments.

Today's cooperation between Belarus and Chechnya and possible mutual benefits should be considered from two points - from Minsk and Grozny.

Olga Osadchaya, special correspondent:
Chechen journalists had mixed impressions of the meeting of Alexander Lukashenko and Ramzan Kadyrov. On the one hand, the reporters were undoubtedly pleased with the rich program of the visit - there is something to tell, but on the other hand, the problem arose from the same: our colleagues photographed many unconstrained moments that say much more than a strict protocol. They had so many materials that they did not know how to fit it into limited airtime.

Aza Isaeva, chief editor of an information and analytical program of the Chechen state television and radio company Grozny:
We did not want to cut many scenes. Honestly, we were pleasantly surprised when such a grand reception was organized at the level of the President of Belarus: he greeted each other personally with a handshake.

However, this report for Aza Isaeva was not limited to work on official carpets. To tell about the prospects for cooperation, the woman spent the whole evening studying which of the Belarusian combine harvesters is the most productive and what is the secret of MAZ that attracted Kadyrov.

Grozny, obviously, needs new buses: today mainly old-time PAZs ply the Chechen capital. There are Belarusian MAZs too, but only on one route.

Said-Magomed Ahmadov, driver:
A good bus, convenient to work on. I wish we had more. You drive and you simply rest!

Among other products exported to Chechnya are sofas from Pinsk and Molodechno and Brest dairy produce.

Andi Saigatov, member of the Council of Elders:
Belarus is the most hospitable and hardworking people, who respect not only themselves, but also others. We respect them very much, like everyone in the Russian Federation!

In the Chechen Republic, the old man's word is perhaps even higher than the law. In any dispute. Why? Because people know that it will certainly be resolved by peace.

Andi Saygatov:
They quarrel, and wanna divorce but we reunite them.

Olga Osadchaya:
And your word is important?

Andi Saygatov:
Yes.

There is no respectful form of "You" in the Chechen language. Here they say you should show respect not in words but through actions. Akhmat-Hajji Kadyrov - the first head of the republic - is the most revered person here. He managed to stop bloodshed and, contrary to all venerable commissions, did not allow Grozny to remain in ruins.

Abdulla Istamulov, political scientist:
Belarusians for us are the only nation that from the beginning of the First Chechen war treated us with understanding, not pitifully.

Ramzan Kadyrov continues the policy of his father. It is said that the head of the republic likes to visit objects under construction, say, at 3 am. If he finds any failures, he leaves the responsible minister to live with the workers in a construction trailer until the project is completed. Under Kadyrov, Chechnya also began to part with the stereotype of an insecure land. According to the State Office of Public Prosecutions of Russia, it is here that the minimum crime rate is observed in comparison with other regions of Russia. And surely this is thanks to the fact that Chechens do not drink. Most of them did not even taste alcohol.

Khozhbaudi Borkhadzhiev, a resident of Gudermes:
I do not know the taste of alcohol. We think that drinking is a shame, drinking is a shame for any person who should be responsible for their family.

Alcohol in Chechnya can be bought only in certain stores, but only from 8 to 10 am. Perhaps that's why the families are stronger here... By the way, four children in the republic is an absolute norm. In any case, there will be someone to look after kids: older parents are never left to live alone, and there are no old people's homes in Chechnya at all.

Khozhbaudi Borkhadzhiev:
Every old man has a close relative. That MUST help this old person. Otherwise it's a shame.

Man in a Chechen family is not least the head of the family, but also an unconditional authority.

Aizan Borkhadzhieva, a resident of Gudermes:
We discuss things together, but he is the person to decide.

Not only future wives but also all children in Chechnya are brought up in strict accordance with the traditions. A simple example: if boys fought during a school break, they will not be punished. Instead, a real reconciliation procedure is held, as it is done with adults in case of feud. No one will fight after that, because other people's opinion is more important than any retaliation.

Louisa Tokasheva, director of the mathematical school No1 named after. Ibragimov Grozny:
For us, moral censure still has more power than legal punishment. Even if a person smokes, they will not show it in a public place, because the mechanism of public censure works.

Zubayr Tiliev, a resident of Grozny:
You can go out and stand with your girl in the afternoon (not at night), 5-10 meters away. The distance should be observed.

And what about touches?

Zubayr Tiliyev:
This is generally impossible! We are hot, but we are holding ourselves! Everything must be only after the wedding.

In Chechnya, women are always given way and seats in public transport. Something that Belarusians should learn better.

Shamil Arbinin, poet:
For us, every woman is a queen. Our respect is manifested in this. People still cannot understand why we get up when the younger or older person comes in. We always get up. If they come in 22 times, we'll stand up 22 times.

But no matter how our traditions differ, the very important moments of history shared by the two peoples together, shoulder to shoulder, remain common to both Belarusians and Chechens. Shamil Arbinin devoted several works to the defense of the Brest Fortress during WWII, in which his ancestors also participated. Such cement strengthens bricks over a foundation of any scale.

Shamil Arbinin:
I think cooperation will be at the highest level, and neither side will disappoint.

Do not drink alcohol and treat woman as a queen: Report from Grozny about traditions and mentality of Chechen people