The President of the Republic of Chechnya has released a statement about the Boston Marathon manhunt on his Instagram account.
Ramzan Kadyrov's statement criticizes the manner in which U.S. authorities have handled the search for Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsanaev, the two brothers who are believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombing.
His statement was written in Russian, so it’s possible that there are some translation issues, according to Quartz.
This is how his statement has been translated:
The events that took place in Boston are tragic. People have been killed as a result of a terrorist act. Earlier we expressed our condolences to the residents of the city and to the American people. Today, according to media reports, during an arrest attempt a certain Tsarnaev was killed. It would have made sense to arrest him and carry out an investigation, clarify all the circumstances and his degree of guilt.
Evidently, the security services needed a result at any price in order to calm the populace. Any attempts to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, are futile. They grew up in the USA, their viewpoints and beliefs were formed there. You must look for the roots of [their] evil in America. Terrorism must be fought everywhere. We know this better than anyone. We wish all the victims a [speedy] recovery and share in Americans’ grief.
Russian publication Lenta reported that Kadyrov earlier made a vague pronouncement that seemed to blame the suspects' actions on U.S. intelligence.
Kadyrov has more than 116,000 Instagram followers and frequently uses the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service to post pictures of himself.