Published August 19, 2017
This video was submitted by Movsar Bekaev from Shali, Chechen Republic, Russia, where he lives and works. Chechen is spoken by as many as 1.4 million people, primarily in the Russian territories of Chechnya and Dagestan, where it is an official language, as well as in parts of Jordan and Georgia. It is also spoken by diaspora communities worldwide, especially in Central Asia. Chechen has been a written language for centuries, having featured in Islamic texts and clan histories, usually through a variation of the Arabic alphabet. Following the rise of the Soviet Union in 1922, Chechen speakers began shifting toward the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, of which the latter is more prominent today, especially online.