Boston bombing suspect’s web page venerates Islam and Chechen independence

Abusive comments flooded on to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s page on a Russian social media website

A photograph of Djohar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK). Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

A photograph of Djohar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK). Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

Sat, Apr 20, 2013, 06:00

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 on to Tsarnaev’s page on VK, a Russian-language social media site, yesterday after he was identified as a suspect in the bombing of the Boston marathon.

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.


World view
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 such as “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.


Sense of humour
The page also reveals a sense of humour, 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 labelled “tormenting my brother” 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. – (Reuters)