At a news conference in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, parents of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, responded to questions. The New York Times was good enough to publish an entire transcript of the conference. (“Tsarnaevs’ News Conference: A Transcript”, April 26, 2013, New York Times online)
The transcript is lengthy and has complex information. It contains a lot more than the mainstream “news” summation: “Bombing Suspects’ Mom – America Took My Kids Away”.
One of the questions asked of the parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is as follows:
QUESTION: Could you tell us, could you tell us why Tamerlan decided to come to Dagestan for such a long time. He has a very small child that he was taking care of at home, and a wife. I know he hadn’t seen relatives for a long time, but why was he coming to Dagestan for six months, that seems very unusual. Why?
Yes, why was Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Dagestan for such a long time? Could it be, as hypothesized in Ersjdamoo’s Blog on April 23, 2013 (“Terrorist Witches In Massachusetts”), that Tamerlan Tsarnaev met with The Old Man of the Mountain, leader of a strange sect of religious assassins – the Hashshashin?
But Anzor Tsarnaev explained why his son’s visit took so long. Tamerlan’s Kyrgyz passport was about to expire. “His passport was about to expire in June or in July and that is why I said, ‘You have to get a Russian passport,’” explained Anzor Tsarnaev. Tamerlan had to have a passport of some type, or he would have effectively become a man without a country. But getting that passport is “not done instantly, some time passes, up to six months, maybe three or four months,” further explained Mr. Tsarnaev.
MR. TSARNAEV: He did not have American citizenship. The Kyrgyz passport was about to expire, and if it expired then the man finds himself without citizenship, without anything. He would not be able to go anywhere, neither in Russia nor anywhere.
So that, at least according to Anzor Tsarnaev, is why his son Tamerlan spent so much time in Dagestan: It was due to a bureaucratic passport delay, and not because Tamerlan was smoking hashish with The Old Man of the Mountain.
Apparently, based in part on the news conference transcript, Mr. Tsarnaev and Mrs. Tsarnaeva and their children had originally left Kyrgyzstan for the United States to seek political asylum.
A Wikipedia entry perhaps clears this up. “As children, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar lived in Tokmok in Kyrgyzstan. In 2001, the family moved to Makhachkala, Dagestan, in the Russian Federation.” Then, in 2002 “the Tsarnaev parents and Dzhokhar went to the United States.” Tamerlan came to the United States “around 2004.” (“Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev”, Wikipedia, April 26, 2013)
At some point Anzor Tsarnaev and his former wife Zubeidat Tsarnaeva intend to fly to the United States and arrange burial for their son Tamerlan. It is also likely they will want to see their son Dzhokhar, recently transferred to a prison hospital. Mainstream reports on the imminence of Anzor and Zubeidat’s journey keep being changed. The U.K.’s Daily Mail online had reported Anzor would be flying to the U.S. on April 24th, but obviously this has not happened.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva has an old shoplifting charge hanging over her head in the U.S., so if and when she arrives here Zubeidat is likely to be immediately arrested. Expect biased media coverage against Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva if and when they arrive in the United States.