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With A History Of Violence, Chechnya Seeks Distance From Boston Bombers

  • 04.20.13 10:26 AM EDT

Now that reports have surfaced that the two suspected bombers in the Boston Marathon case are immigrants from the Russian republic of Dagestan, which borders Chechnya, a newfound interest in the region has sprung up. The 2 suspects are Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed by police and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, still at large. 

The 2 reportedly came to the US over a decade ago. Their father, who was reached by the AP, still lives in Russia in a town called Makhachkala.

The President of ChechnyaRamzan Kadyrov, released a statement via Instagram that has been translated courtesy of Buzzfeed. According to Kadyrov, "It is neccessary to seek the roots of evil in America". 

"The tragic events took place in Boston. The blast killed people. We have previously expressed their condolences to the people of the city and the people of America. Today, as reported by the media, while trying to arrest a Tsarnaea was killed. It would be logical if he was detained and investigated, found all the circumstances and the degree of his guilt. Apparently, the special services needed by all means to calm the result of society. Any attempt to make the connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevymi if they are guilty, in vain. They grew up in the United States, their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America. From terrorism to fight the whole world. We know better than anyone else. We wish recovery to all the victims and share the feelings of sorrow Americans. # # Boston # bombing investigation."


Here's the image and statement from Ramzan Kadyrov's Instagram feed:


Chechnya is a Muslim-majority province in western Russia that sought independence when the Soviet Union collapsed and has since fought 2 bloody wars against Moscow for independence. Violence has continued in the region; Chechen militarists took responsibility for the bombing of the Moscow subway which killed 40 people in 2010.  

The AP has the following report on terrorism in Chechnya.