Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says the Tsarnaev brothers were framed by the FBI. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. UPDATES BELOW Russia This Week: – From Medal of Valor to Ubiquitous Propaganda […]
Tag: Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Will the Sochi Olympics Make Terrorist Attacks More Likely?
The Sochi Winter Olympics is underway. This week, The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller is joined by Boston College Professor Dr. Matt Sienkiewicz and a Northeastern University professor Max Abrahms, a terrorism expert, to discuss the state of security at the Olympics. Will there be a terrorist attack? Did Russian security agencies adequately prepare for the threat? Will holding the Olympics […]
Is Terrorism in Russia Really Getting Worse?
Readers might get the idea that the number of terrorist attacks in Russia is increasing because of a series of well-publicized suicide bombings in the central Russian city of Volgograd in December and earlier in the fall. With the Sochi Olympics coming up in February, a view of the map of terrorist bombings in the Russian Caucasus yields a sense […]
Nairobi: The Blisters of War
Izvestia has deep ties to the Kremlin, and if anyone is unclear about Izvestia’s motives, a sense of history and a quick read of their editorials will quickly shed light on their ideology. This article, for instance, was published on the front page this week, and claims to explain the historical causes of the tragic […]
Former Caucasus Fund VP Denies Izvestia Claims
Gela Khmaldaze, former vice president of the Caucasus Fund: “Tamerlan Tsarnaev never took part in our activities. The Caucasus Fund has not worked with the Jamestown Foundation. Moreover, our fund has not been involved in any so-called ‘recruitment’. This is an obvious lie.” We will recall that Izvestia editors claimed today to have possession of […]
Pro-Kremlin Media Claims “Tamerlan Tsarnaev Recruited Through Georgian Fund”
Izvestia has obtained some documents from the Georgian Interior Ministry’s Department of Counter-intelligence which confirms that the Georgian organization Caucasian Fund is collaborating with the American non-profit organization Jamestown Foundation (Zbigniew Brzezinski, US foreign policy ideologue, was formerly on Jamestown’s board of directors) and has been recruiting residents of the North Caucasus to work in […]
So far, and in spite of the American media’s best effort to acquaint its audience with a country called Chechnya (and the Czech embassy’s best efforts to remind that audience of the excellence of Bohemian pilsner), there is little evidence linking the Boston marathon bombings to any jihadist organization or cell headquartered in the North Caucasus. CNN cited an […]