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Chechen Leader Issues Statement on Suspected Boston Bombers Via Instagram

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, April 19 2013

Ramzan Kadyrov posted this photo on his Instagram account.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the authoritarian and eccentric 36 year-old leader of the Chechen Republic, has issued a statement regarding the Tsarnaev brothers, ethnic Chechens who are suspected of committing the Boston Marathon bombings. Kadyrov published his statement on Instagram.

Tragic events occurred in Boston. People died as a result of terrorist activity. Previously, we expressed our condolences to the people of that city and the American nation. Today, according to the mass media, someone named Tsaraev was killed during attempts at his apprehension. It would have been more logical to detain him and investigate, to determine all the circumstances and the level of his guilt. Obviously, paramilitary forces needed to achieve results in order to pacify the populace, at any cost. Any attempts to link Chechnya and these Tsaraevs, even if they are guilty, are futile.  They grew up in the USA and their views and opinions were developed there. Look for the roots of this evil in America. The entire world must fight terrorism together. We know this better than anyone. We wish the injured quick recovery and share the sorrow of the American people. #terrorism #Boston #investigation*


Ramzan Kadyrov's statement in Russian, as posted on his Instagram account.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, are ethnic Chechens who immigrated to Cambridge in 2003. The greater Boston area is currently under lockdown while security forces search for Dzhokhar; Tamerlan was shot and killed following a massive car chase that began when the brothers shot a MIT campus security guard.

Kadyrov is a huge fan of Instagram. According to a recent report in the Guardian, he has published photos of himself cuddling with a tiger and having dinner in his over-decorated dining room with his four wives and identically dressed children. The Chechen strongman, who recently issued a decree banning women with uncovered hair, arms or legs from entering public buildings, told the Guardian that while he feels somewhat burdened by his Instagram stardom, he finds it useful to “…have the opportunity to monitor public opinion in real time."

The comments in response to Kadyrov’s statement are notable for their ultra-nationalism and anti-Americanism. A few representative samples, translated from Russian, follow:

Of course they should have stopped him before killing him, they're just looking for a scapegoat.

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Lazy Amerikosi [slang for Americans] didn't have imagination and found Chechens, blamed them for everything and continue to eat their fast food.

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You must love your own country, put our own interests first. Christian or Muslim, we are Russian! You must blindly love the place you are born. We could learn this from the Chechens. There are no positives in America, it's hard to look for a black cat in a dark room, especially if he isn't there.

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You're saying that Russia is a country of third world, but America is a heavenly place? You insult all Russians, Chechens and other peoples. You don't love Russia, so what the hell do you write on the Instagram of Patriot Number One, patriot of his people and of Russia as a whole Ramzan Kadyrov! Go to the Instagram of Makdak [slang for McDonald’s] and comment about their cheeseburgers!!!!!!

After reading the comments, one Russian friend wrote to me, “Russians are becoming crazier and crazier. It's like repressive governments and muzzled media do not lead to healthy awareness of reality or something.”

*Translation of Kadyrov's statement and the comments in response were provided by Nina Kolunovsky, Yana Feldman and Igor Fridman.

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