Surfing the web two years ago, I stumbled across some shocking footage. The pictures, shot on mobile phones, showed young Chechen women being snatched off the street by burly men in leather jackets and pushed into cars.
At first these films, set to romantic pop music, looked almost comic. But then I heard the natural soundtrack - screaming and gunfire.
Those grainy images were my introduction to the extraordinary practice of bride-stealing. More...