Russian media unhappy with U.S. tolerance towards Chechens


The Boston Marathon bombing continues to be huge news, not only in the United States but around the world.

The story was all over Russian media yesterday, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested in a boat in a Watertown, Mass., yard.

Channel One in Russia covered the story live from Boston, with a correspondent near the West Clinic Center (where Tsarnaev is being treated). Footage from U.S. networks was shown, as well as the happy reaction from Boston residents after the suspected bomber was apprehended, and President Barack Obama's address to the nation.

Coverage then switched to a look at Tsarnaev's background, as well as how this incident could impact the relations between the two former Cold War adversaries. Russia leader Vladimir Putin called Obama Friday and expressed his condolences to the families affected in Boston. 

On channel Russia Today, the suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, talked about her eldest son, Tamerlan (also a suspected bomber, he was killed following a shootout with Boston Police) was a U.S. government target for some time.

“They monitored the [internet] sites he used, where he went, with whom. They called him a radical and knew how often he checked extremist sites,” she said. So, they were right to monitor him? 

The channel then looked at what could have driven the brothers to commit the crime, as well as a discussion about how America looks at Chechenya, as they said U.S. news casts were calling it “a breeding ground for terrorism." 

“Russia has long cautioned Washington about giving asylum to Islamists from the North Caucasus,” political analyst Dmitry Babich said. “The Russian government has warned a lot about the kind of refugees, about the kind of immigrants that the U.S. and Western European countries are ready to accept. A lot of them are die-hard Islamists. They didn’t change after leaving Russia, and I can easily imagine that a lot of them consider both Russia and the U.S. part of the same Western decadent civilization.”


- Vladimir Putin
- Barack Obama

Written by: Hamatosan
Apr 21st, 2013, 7:15 pm

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