Chechen president points finger at US over attacks

Reuters, MOSCOW

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 - Page 7

The Russian-installed leader of Chechnya criticized US police on Friday for killing an ethnic Chechen suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing and blamed the violence on his upbringing in the US.

“The root of evil should be looked for in the United States,” Chechen Presiden Ramzan Kadyrov said in comments posted online after US police shot dead Tamerlan Tsarnaev and hunted for his brother Dzhokhar, his suspected accomplice.

“They [the brothers] grew up and studied in the United States and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there,” Kadyrov said. “Any attempt to make a connection between Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs is in vain.”

Kadyrov, a tough pro-Kremlin leader whose security services have been accused of human rights abuses such as kidnappings and torture, questioned why the US police had not been able to arrest Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“Apparently the special services needed a result by whatever means to appease society,” he said.