Chechen Leader Blames U.S. Upbringing of Boston Bombing Suspects, Posts Statement on InstagramBy: Josh Wolford - April 19, 2013
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has issued a statement on the Boston Marathon bombings, and the death of suspect #1, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is considered suspect #2 and is still on the loose. As you know, there is a massive manhut underway for Dzhokhar, one that has the entire city of Boston on lockdown.
In the statement, he calls the events “tragic” and says that he wishes “all the victims a speedy recovery” and that he “shares in Americans’ grief.”
But he also places the blame on the two suspects’ American upbringing and denies any link between the attacks and Chechnya.
“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,” he said.
Oddly enough, he posted his statement on Instagram, where he is a popular figure with over 117,000 followers.
Here’s his full statement, translated:
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 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
Quartz notes that there is some debate as to whether the line “You must look for the roots of evil in America” really means “You must look for the roots of [their] evil in America,” and if perhaps the statement was made intentionally ambiguous.
Kadyrov is a former Chechen rebel who replaced his father, Akhmad Kadyrov as President back in 2007. At the time he was 30 years old, the minimum age requirement for the Presidency.
For more on the situation in Boston, check here