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All Chechen girls, despite religion, must wear a head covering in public schools and government buildings.(Copyright Diana Markosian) #Chechen dancers backstage at a concert hall in the Chechen capital, Grozny.
(Copyright Diana Markosian) #Chechen artists backstage before their performance.The few girls who dare to rebel become targets in the eyes of Chechen authorities.After nearly two decades of vicious war and 70 years of Soviet rule, during which religious participation was banned, modern-day Chechnya is going through Islamic revival.The new generation of youth are embracing Islam after decades of religious repression by secular Communist authorities in the Soviet Union.(Copyright Diana Markosian) #Chechen girls after school in front of the Heart of Chechnya mosque, the largest in Europe.Photojournalist Diana Markosian spent the last year and half covering Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.
This year she started a personal project entitled "Goodbye My Chechnya" documenting the lives of young Chechen women as they come of age in the aftermath of war.
Chechens who dress in emo style are identified by wearing pink and black clothing, Keds, and having punk-style haircuts. (Copyright Diana Markosian) Russia's southern region of Chechnya witnessed nearly two decades of vicious war - in which an estimated 200,000 Chechens were killed.
The mountain region of Itum-Kale was used as a base for rebels during both wars.
She writes, "For young women in Chechnya the most innocent acts could mean breaking the law.
A Chechen girl caught smoking is cause for arrest; while rumors of a couple engaging in pre-martial relations can result in her killing.
The region is undergoing significant change as Islam flourishes.