19 Apr 2013 01:59 PM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Ramzan Kadyrov (Image Source: Instagram)
Ramzan Kadyrov, President of Chechnya, took to Instagram today to voice his opinion that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s upbringing in the United States is to blame for their bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Kadyrov diverted the blame from their Chechen background, adding that connecting the Tsarnaev boys with the country is “futile.”
He also condemned police for killing 26-year-old Tamerlan.
“Tragic events have taken place in Boston,” Kadyrov posted in Russian to the popular photo sharing website. “A terrorist attack killed people. We have already expressed our condolences to the people of the city and to the American people. Today, the media reports, one Tsarnaev was killed as [police] tried to arrest him. It would be appropriate if he was detained and investigated, and the circumstances and the extent of his guilt determined. Apparently, the security services needed to calm down the society by any means necessary.”
“Any attempt to draw a connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevs—if they are guilty—is futile,” the Chechen president added. “They were raised in the United States, and their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of this evil in America. The whole world must struggle against terrorism—that we know better than anyone else. We hope for the recovery of all the victims, and we mourn with the Americans.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has not yet been found by Boston police.