Can an american citizen safely travel to Chechnya?

I am an american citizen and I plan to travel to Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia for an independent photojournalism project to study the effects of Russian nationalism/imperialism on the native peoples of southern Russia (the Chechens, Ingushes, etc) and the Russian government's destructive conquest of its... show more I am an american citizen and I plan to travel to Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia for an independent photojournalism project to study the effects of Russian nationalism/imperialism on the native peoples of southern Russia (the Chechens, Ingushes, etc) and the Russian government's destructive conquest of its own land. I also really want to see Derbent and all the other places. I do not speak Russian and do not plan to for political reasons though I will learn the alphabet. I am an African-American woman. My question is, is it safe to travel there alone? my friends say it's dangerous but I think they're lying because they have been mentally poisoned by the capitalist American government. Please Russians help me out. Thanks!
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