Boston suspects' father returning to US

2013-04-25 15:01
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men who set off bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line. She was arrested in June 2012 on a shoplifting charge. (Natick Police Department/ AP)

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men who set off bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line. She was arrested in June 2012 on a shoplifting charge. (Natick Police Department/ AP)

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Makhachkala — The father of the two Boston bombing suspects says he is leaving Russia soon for the United States.

Anzor Tsarnaev told journalists in the southern Russian province of Dagestan on Thursday that he is leaving "today or tomorrow".

The suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said she was still thinking it over. She was charged with shoplifting in the US last summer and is concerned that she could be arrested.

Tsarnaeva said she had been assured by lawyers, however, that she would not be.

The Tsarnaev family emigrated to the US a decade ago, but both parents returned to Russia last year.

This comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin called for stronger security co-operation between Moscow and Washington in the wake of the bombings, adding that they also show that the West was wrong in supporting militants in Chechnya.

Extremist sentiments


Putin said that "this tragedy should push us closer in fending off common threats, including terrorism, which is one of the biggest and most dangerous of them".

The two brothers accused of the Boston bombings are ethnic Chechens who had lived in the US for more than a decade.

Putin warned against trying to find the roots for the Boston tragedy in the suffering endured by the Chechen people, particularly in mass deportations of Chechens to Siberia and Central Asia on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's orders. "The cause isn't in their ethnicity or religion, it's in their extremist sentiments," he said.

Speaking in an annual call-in show on state television, Putin criticised the West for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and for offering them political and financial assistance in the past.

"I always felt indignation when our Western partners and Western media were referring to terrorists who conducted brutal and bloody crimes on the territory of Russia as rebels," Putin said.

Humanitarian aid


The US has urged the Kremlin to seek a political settlement in Chechnya and criticised rights abuses by Russian troops during the two separatist wars since 1994, which spawned an Islamic insurgency that has engulfed the entire region.

It also provided humanitarian aid to the region during the high points of fighting there in the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Russian officials have repeatedly claimed that rebels in Chechnya have close links with al-Qaeda. They say dozens of fighters from Arab countries trickled into the region during the fighting there, while some Chechen militants have gone to fight in Afghanistan.

Putin said the West should have co-operated more actively with Russia in combating terror.

"We always have said that we shouldn't limit ourselves to declarations about terrorism being a common threat and engage in closer co-operation," he said. "Now these two criminals have proven the correctness of our thesis."

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