The Guardian's Miriam Elder reports on an Instagram post by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. "Any attempt to make a link between Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if they are guilty, is in vain," Kadyrov writes.
The brothers are said by friends and family to have been of Chechen descent and to have grown up in Kyrgyzstan, but there is no established link between the suspects and the political situation in Chechnya. Here's Miriam:
Ramzan Kadyrov, the ruthless leader of Chechnya, took to Instagram, his favourite medium, to distance his republic from the suspects.
“Tragic events happened in Boston. As a result of a terrorist attack, people were killed. We already expressed our condolences to the residents of the city and to the people of America.
Today, as the media report, a certain Tsarnaev was killed during a detention attempt. It would be logical if he was detained and an investigation was conducted, all the circumstances and degree of his guilt explained. Apparently, the special forces needed a result at any price to calm society.
Any attempt to make a link between Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if they are guilty, is in vain. They grew up in the US, their views and beliefs were formed there. The roots of evil must be searched for in America. The whole world must battle with terrorism.
We know this better than anyone. We wish recover to all the victims and share Americans' feeling of sorrow.”
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