Transcript: Remarks by Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects – April 19, 2013

Transcript of remarks by Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to the news media outside of his home in Montgomery Village, Maryland on April 19, 2013:

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I want to speak on behalf of entire Tsarni family. What happened and what we heard this morning about people associated for – I would say my family, my family’s associated.

I want to start and I’ll finish with that.

First, the only purpose here is just to deliver our condolences and to share grief with the real victims here – those who’ve been murdered, those who’ve been injured. This boy. This Chinese girl. This young 29-years-old girl – I don’t remember…I just been following this. I’ve been following it from day one but never, ever would imagine that somehow the children of my brother would be associated with that. So it is atrocity.

…We’re shocked. Again, I don’t know – this family does not know how to share their grief with the real victims.

Question:
When was the last time you saw… [overlapping audio]?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I don’t know. We’ve not been with – in touch with that family for a number of years, for a number of years…

Question:
[Inaudible]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
No, they never lived here. They never lived here.

Question:
When was the last time you saw them?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
The last time I saw them was 2006. I’m sorry – December 2005.

Question:
Did you know them to have any ill will towards the United States?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
No. No. No. I never knew anything. Even if I’d guess or something, I would just submit them myself.

Question:
What do you think provoked this?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Being losers. Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine of. Anything else – anything else to do with religion, with Islam – that’s a fraud. It’s a fake.

Question:
[Inaudible]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
No. Again, I’ve seen them when they were kids.

Question:
[Inaudible]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I don’t know. We’ve seen them only in 2005.

Question:
[Inaudible]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
We’re Muslims. We’re Chechens. We’re ethnic Chechens.

Question:
Do you think they may have been radicalized in mosques in that area [of Cambridge]?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
If that happened, 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, fixing cars. He didn’t have time or chance or anything – he’s been working. That’s it.

Question:
[overlapping audio]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
No. No. No. I’ve not been in touch with my brother, no. I don’t know anything about that.

Question:
[Incomprehensible audio]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
No, my family – it has nothing to do with that family.

Question:
Are you ashamed by what has unfolded?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Of course we’re ashamed! Yes, we’re ashamed that children of my brother who had little influence of them, honestly as much as I know, who have little influence of them.

Question:
You had a falling out…?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
That’s a personal. That’s a personal. I didn’t like – I just wanted my family to be away from them.

Question:
[overlapping audio]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Again – the only I say what I think was behind it – being losers, not being able to settle themselves, and thereby just hating everyone who did.

Question:
How long have they been in the United States, sir?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I’ve been in United States – oh, they came early 2003 – since 2003.

Question:
Why did they immigrate?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
They came – they came – when they moved to the states and they came to Cambridge area…They immigrated. They immigrated, and they received asylum.

Question:
Were they working there?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Yes, they lived there.

Question:
Did they go to college?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Well, I hope they were. I don’t know. When they grew up, as I said, me myself and this family had nothing to do with them for long, long time.

Question:
[Overlapping audio]

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
Last time I spoke with my brother was about 2009.

Question:
How do you feel about America? What do you think about the United States?

Ruslan Tsarni: uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects:
I say I teach my children and that’s what I feel myself: This is the ideal micro-world in the 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 and to just be a human being, to feel yourself human being. That’s what I feel about this country.

 

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