Chechen president denies country’s connection to Boston bombing via Instagram

In response to the F.B.I.’s pursuit of Boston bombing suspects, Chechens Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, President Ramzan Kadyrov of the Republic of Chechnya issued a statement on his Instagram account.

Kadyrov’s statement reads:

The events that took place in Boston are tragic. People have been killed as a result of a terrorist act. Earlier we expressed our condolences to the residents of the city and to the American people. Today, according to media reports, during an arrest attempt a certain Tsarnaev was killed. It would have made sense to arrest him and carry out an investigation, clarify all the circumstances and his degree of guilt. Evidently, the security services needed a result at any price in order to calm the populace. Any attempts to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, are futile. They grew up in the USA, their viewpoints and beliefs were formed there. You must look for the roots of [their] evil in America. Terrorism must be fought everywhere. We know this better than anyone. We wish all the victims a [speedy] recovery and share in Americans’ grief. #terroristact #Boston #consequence

Earlier reports with more sensational headlines might lead readers to believe that the Chechen president is decrying the U.S. for a possibly perverted Western culture. But the website Quartz must have nabbed someone in the linguistic field to better clarify Kadyrov’s statement to his 116,000 followers. “Some, relying on Google Translate, have claimed that Kadyrov said ‘It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America.’ That’s a mistranslation; Russian has no definite article, so in this context ‘the roots of evil’ most likely means ‘the roots of the evil,’ or ‘their evil,’ referring to the brothers’ motives.”

Statement via @Kadyrov_95 below:


h/t Qz