Russia, on Boston suspects, condemns all "terrorists"

SOCHI, Russia Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:55pm EDT

Police officers search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Police officers search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013.

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SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia condemns all "terrorists" regardless of their nationality, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday after U.S. police shot dead a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who once lived in Russia.

The man who was shot dead and his suspected accomplice were ethnic Chechens who lived in Russia's volatile Dagestan region more than a decade ago before moving to the United States with their family.

Putin did not comment on the suspects' identity.

But his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said: "Putin has repeatedly said there is no such thing as our terrorists and somebody else's ... one must not differentiate between them, deal with some and condemn others."

"They all deserve the same approach, the same rejection," Peskov told reporters in the southern city of Sochi after Putin held talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

Peskov said the Russian authorities were waiting for official information from the United States about the dead man and his suspected accomplice, named by U.S. officials as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin, writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Putin has got to love this. Demonstrating that the anti-Russian Jihadist movement that the West has long tolerated as legitimate freedom-fighters and ultimately part of the world Jihadist movement, at war with the entire secular world. I’m no friend of Russia, but they have put up with some terrorism that has been pretty much the equivalent of 9/11.

Apr 19, 2013 2:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:
If the bombers thought blowing up Americans would somehow gain independence for their region from Russia, the bombers must be totally retarded. Oops, I mean “special needs”.
I still think North Korea is in on the bombing on the birthday of their god leader grandaddy, because North Korea has worked with those regional terrorists in the past and NK is known to help Al Qaida.
I am also bothered on how the media is not allowed anywhere near the action. If they can see or broadcast anything, they are moved back another few blocks. It is OK for a reporter to be with a unit in a war zone, so if reporters accept the risk why not in Boston as an American citizen? What are the gestapo trying to hide from the media and America?
Freedom of the press?
Add that to another long list of freedoms we have lost.

Apr 19, 2013 3:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:
Too many times we have sided against the Russians when we should have been their comrades against a common enemy.

Apr 19, 2013 3:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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