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9 Things You Need To Know About Chechnya

The two suspects in the Boston marathon bombings are reportedly from Chechnya. Here's what you need to know about the war-torn region in southwest Russia.

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2. In 2010, CNN estimated the population there to be between 600,000 and 800,000.

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But that number is in flux due to displacement from violence in the region. Many Chechens have been displaced to refugee camps like this one, north of the city of Magas.

5. In 1921, Chechnya attempted to break away from the Soviet Union, but was reclaimed by the USSR. Since then, Chechnya has repeatedly attempted to gain independence.

6. Since the Second Chechen War, Chechen separatists have repeatedly attacked targets across Russia.

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This was the scene after a suicide bombing at a Moscow rock concert in July 2003.