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President of Checnhya Blames American Upbringing in Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects

By Staff Writer | April 19, 2013 08:49 PM EDT

Razman Kadyrov
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Chechen president Razman Kadyrov has said the suspects of the Boston bombing, Tamerlin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are not at fault because of Chechnya, blaming the US instead. He said, "You must look for the roots of evil in America", according to one translation, or "seek the roots of this evil in America" in trying to understand the actions of the Kadyrov brothers in Boston this week.

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Tamerlin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers suspected of committing the Boston Marathon bombing, which is being classified as a terrorist act, are from the Caucasus, Russian region near Chechnya. They were were raised in the US. Thus, said Kadyrov, their beliefs were formed in the United States, not  Chechnya. He said that "attempts to link" Chechnya with the brothers were "futile" and that their actions brought "shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity".

Kadyrov took issue with the violence that occurred in Boston early this morning when Tamerlin Tsarnev was killed, saying that it would have been better to arrest him alive, but that "the security services needed a result at any price in order to calm the populace".

Chechnya has long been racked with conflict, which was at its worst in the 1990s during bids for independence and conflict between different ethnic factions. Kadyrov said that the war on terrorism is a global one and that he wishes for a swift recovery and that the suspect still at large, Dzhokhar Tsarnev, is captured alive.

In an announcement in a Russian publication, Kadyrov may have taken a harsher, even anti-American tone, possibly blaming the actions of the suspects on US intelligence. This has not been confirmed.

The statement, released online, is translated as follows:

"The events that took place in Boston are tragic. People have been killed as a result of a terrorist act. Earlier we expressed our condolences to the residents of the city and to the American people. Today, according to media reports, during an arrest attempt a certain Tsarnaev was killed. It would have made sense to arrest him and carry out an investigation, clarify all the circumstances and his degree of guilt. Evidently, the security services needed a result at any price in order to calm the populace.

Any attempts to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, are futile. They grew up in the USA, their viewpoints and beliefs were formed there. You must look for the roots of [their] evil in America. Terrorism must be fought everywhere. We know this better than anyone. We wish all the victims a [speedy] recovery and share in Americans' grief. #terroristact #Boston #consequence "

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