Tsarnaevs' uncle: You have shamed our family and all Chechens, turn yourself in & beg forgiveness from victimsSubmitted by Kathleen Gee on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 14:17
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, lives in Maryland.
I've been following this from day one. But I never ever would imagine that, somehow, the children of my brother would be associated with that.
So it is [an] atrocity. We're devastated; we're shocked. I don't know – this family doesn't know – how to share that grief with the real victims. [...]
We're Muslims, Chechens, ethnic Chechens. Most likely, somebody radicalized them, but it's not my brother who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars. He didn't have time or chance, or any option: he's been working. I've not been in touch with my brother. [...]
I say, I teach my children – and this is what I feel myself: this is the ideal micro-world and entire world. I respect this country. I love this country. This country which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being, to be a big human being, to fulfil yourself as a human being. That's what I feel about this country.
I just see them as kids, and if I had even slightly been aware that they were involved in [terrorism], I would be the first one to bring them into responsibility as their uncle.