Pro-Moscow Chechen leader blames U.S. for Boston bombing

MOSCOW Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:59am EDT

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov makes a speech during a ceremony to mark his 35th birthday in the Chechen capital Grozny October 5, 2011. REUTERS/Yelena Fitkulina

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov makes a speech during a ceremony to mark his 35th birthday in the Chechen capital Grozny October 5, 2011.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian-installed leader of Chechnya criticized U.S. police on Friday for killing an ethnic Chechen suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing and blamed the violence on his upbringing in the United States.

"The root of evil should be looked for in the United States," Ramzan Kadyrov said in comments posted online after the police shot dead Tamerlan Tsarnaev and hunted for his brother Dzhokhar, his suspected accomplice.

"They (the brothers) grew up and studied in the United States and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there," Kadyrov said. "Any attempt to make a connection between Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs is in vain."

Kadyrov, a tough pro-Kremlin leader whose security services have been accused of human rights abuses such as kidnappings and torture, questioned why the U.S. police had not been able to arrest Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

"Apparently the special services needed a result by whatever means to appease society," he said.

(Reporting by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Peter Graff)

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Comments (27)
maineiac2012 wrote:
My goodness, of course it’s our fault. Chechnya is such a peaceful paradise.

Apr 19, 2013 12:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Universalist wrote:
What?? Seems like a rather absurd premise from which to cast criticism. What would a normal person do chasing an armed murderer who is tossing explosives and shooting at them?? Hmmmmmm. I’d love to hear how the Russians would apprehend such an individual alive…..

Apr 19, 2013 12:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MisterMiyagi wrote:
“…whose security services have been accused of human rights abuses such as kidnappings and torture…”

LOL, this statement applies to every country in the world.

Apr 19, 2013 1:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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