Russia is bewildered by a British Foreign Office warning against its citizens visiting the Russian North Caucus republics, including Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan, due to a “high threat from terrorism”.
As the probe into the Boston Marathon bombing continues, leaflets voicing support for the attack's surviving suspect have appeared in the capital of Russia’s Republic of Chechnya, in Kyrgyzstan, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born, and in Kazakhstan.
The deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon lends credence to Russia’s position that terrorism is a shared global threat that must never be exploited for political gain, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
It took nearly two decades and an attack in the shape of the Boston bombings for many Americans to discover that Chechen militants – those, who are attacking innocent civilians, can be something other than “rebels” or “freedom fighters”.
The revelation that the two brothers suspected to be behind the Boston Marathon attack are ethnic Chechens has led the US establishment to perform a rapid volte-face towards the previously sympathetically-viewed region and cause.