A Russia without Putin and his puppets would be a better one for Chechnya. By Lorraine Courtney.
Polina Zherebtsova was just 14 when the bombs began falling on her city. She wrote everything down, filling dozens of diaries with raw stories of a city under siege and a teenage girl’s broken dreams. Her journals have just been published. They engage and shock. They also reilluminate a conflict that has largely fallen off the media map.