Khedi Konchieva, 15, goes on a date with her boyfriend in the village of Serzhen-Yurt. A couple on a date in Chechnya must meet in public and sit a few feet apart. Any form of intimate contact is forbidden; some young woman who have sex before marriage risk death at the hands of their family.
Chechen authorities are the unseen presence in Diana Markosian’s photographs of girls growing up in Chechnya. See more here.