Due to continued civil and political unrest throughout much of the North Caucasus region of Russia, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Chechnya and all other areas of the North Caucasus, including North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Stavropol, Karachayevo-Cherkessiya, and Kabardino-Balkariya. The U.S. government’s ability to assist U.S. citizens who travel to the North Caucasus region is extremely limited. Due to ongoing security concerns, U.S. government travel to the region is also very limited. Throughout the region, local criminal gangs have kidnapped foreigners, including U.S. citizens, for ransom. There have also been several kidnappings of foreigners and Russian citizens working for media and non-governmental organizations in the region. U.S. citizens have disappeared in Chechnya and remain missing. Having close contacts within the local population does not guarantee safety. Militants recently attacked, occupied, and destroyed buildings in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny, leading to gunfights with security forces in several locations. U.S. citizens residing in these areas should depart immediately.
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
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