“Chechnya has won, Russia has won”. Perhaps the losers are the many Chechens who chose to go into exile as a matter of honor. Those who stayed have returned to a normal life and can satisfy their basic needs after several decades of hardship. Such a “normal” life, however, requires them to make major compromises and often hold their tongues. There is no alternative for those who want to work, have a home and carry on with their lives. In this state of reassuring stagnation, the authorities control everything, distributing favors as they please. The physical violence so prevalent in the post-conflict years, the kidnappings and the summary executions also seem to have decreased: the Chechens are so frightened that these acts of violence are almost no longer necessary. The violence is now psychological, a form of brainwashing that starts with the young.