Boston suspect's web page venerates Islam, Chechen independence

Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:56pm EDT

1 of 3. A photograph of Djohar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK), as pictured on a monitor in St. Petersburg April 19, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site.

Abusive comments in Russian and English were flooding onto Tsarnaev's page on VK, a Russian-language social media site, on Friday after he was identified as a suspect in the bombing of the Boston marathon.

Police launched a massive manhunt for Tsarnaev, 19, after killing his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout overnight.

On the site, the younger Tsarnaev identifies himself as a 2011 graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

It says he went to primary school in Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan, a province in Russia that borders Chechnya, and lists his languages as English, Russian and Chechen.

His "World view" is listed as "Islam" and his "Personal priority" is "career and money".

He has posted links to videos of fighters in the Syrian civil war and to Islamic web pages with titles like "Salamworld, my religion is Islam" and "There is no God but Allah, let that ring out in our hearts".

He also has links to pages calling for independence for Chechnya, a region of Russia that lost its bid for secession after two wars in the 1990s.

The page also reveals a sense of humor, around his identity as a member of a minority from southern Russia's restive Caucasus, which includes Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and other predominately Muslim regions that have seen two decades of unrest since the fall of the Soviet Union.

A video labeled "my brother messing around" shows a man resembling his dead brother Tamerlan laughing and imitating the accents of different Caucasian ethnic groups.

He has posted his own joke: "A car goes by with a Chechen, a Dagestani and an Ingush inside. Question: who is driving?"

The answer: the police.

Elsewhere on the Internet, a photo essay entitled "Will box for passport" shows the older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev practicing boxing at a gym. The captions identify him as a Chechen heavyweight boxer, in the United States for five years.

In one picture he is shown play-fighting with a blonde girlfriend. In another, he is on the phone next to his Mercedes.

"I don't have a single American friend," one caption quotes him as saying. "I don't understand them."

(Reporting by Peter Graff; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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VultureTX wrote:
Yep older brother fails at life (small possibility of having mpsychotic breakdown, 26 is the right age), being a muslim values his life on the honor/shame axis. So goes Jihadi , and drags his brother along to paradise and 72 male virgins, because Tsarnaev does not get america or americans and has no girlfriend. So trying to avoid shame as seen in his own eyes , he takes the simplistic muslim route to gain honor by matyrdom as a jihadi.

/the details may be adjusted but these guys never have a complex story line.

Apr 19, 2013 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
liteowl wrote:
Venerates Islam? A real Muslim wouldn’t kill innocent women and children or senior citizens or any non combatants. Real Muslims only worship Allah, not their countries. To idolize your country is to commit the ultimate sin of associating a partner with Allah. If he were a real Muslim, he would have been too busy praying five times a day and reading the Quran and being of service to others. As a Muslim, I totally condemn this fool’s actions as is required of all true Muslims who are expected to promote what is good and stop or prevent what is evil. And the Boston bombing was definitely evil!

Apr 19, 2013 9:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MariamSabri wrote:
A shining example of irresponsible journalism right here. Yes everything in here might be ‘fact’ but the way the reporter has interpreted/presented this boy’s social networking profile is problematic on so many levels.

First of, the headline is sensational and completely lacks any substance. Are we now going to take ‘venerating Islam and Chechen independence’ as indicators of how likely someone is to perform an act like this? So is the implication that anyone who fits those categories should be viewed as a ‘terrorist’ or ‘potential terrorist’?

So what if someone’s worldview is ‘Islam’ on a social networking site? We might not agree with it, but many people consider their religion to be their worldview. Why is this a surprise or something worth singling out? Will we now start treating everyone who lists Islam as their religion on Facebook with suspicion?

It’s also worth noting that anything that might have been insightful is left ambiguous in this article. What constitute ‘abusive comments’? If they’d provided examples that would’ve been useful, especially since we’re talking about a 19 year old here. Similarly, rather than simply saying ‘he posted videos of fighters in the Syrian civil war’ it would’ve been useful to establish what his opinion was about it. As far as the titles of the ‘two Islamic webpages’ are concerned they seem silly but not violent or alarming.

Apr 19, 2013 10:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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