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Boston Marathon bombing suspect,  Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, social media page A screen-grab of Boston Marathon bombing suspect,  Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev's social media page.
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Published: Friday, 4/19/2013

Suspect's social media page appears to boast of the bombing

BY MIKE SIGOV
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Editor's Note: Blade staff writer Mike Sigov, a native of Russia, translated the Facebook-style page of the Boston bombing suspect, which was written in Russian.

A Russian Facebook-style social media site of the at-large Boston bombing suspect is written in several languages.

The VK.com page shows postings in which he appears to boast of the bombing and describes himself as an Islamist.

This photo released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a suspect that officials identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, being sought by police in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday. This photo released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a suspect that officials identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, being sought by police in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday.
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FULL STORY: read full developing story on the Boston marathon bombing suspects man-hunt.

On the page, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, says career and money are his personal priorities and he lists Chechnya-related and mosque-related Web sites as his favorite sites, and he quotes a joke that mocks police.

At one point, he writes in Russian a saying that translates into, "Brother, you've started up something big."

DETAIL: see the actual VK.com profile page of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev here.

The suspect at large also mentions that he attended a school in Dagestan, a Russian province near Chechnya, from 1999 to 2001 and notes that he speaks English, Russian, and Nohchiyn Mott, which is the native Chechen language. Chechnya is a Russian province where the ethnic population has fought two wars for independence from Russia.  

A number of terrorist acts in Russia have been blamed on Chechen separatists.

A joke that the suspect posted on his page appears to allude to Chechens and other minorities in south Russia being persecuted by police. In the joke he posted in Russian, he says: "At school, a brain teaser is offered to class. A Dagestan national, a Chechen national, and an Ingush national are in a moving car. The question is, who is driving it? The answer: a policeman."

Ingushetia and Dagestan are predominantly Muslim provinces that are Chechnya's neighbors in the North Caucasus region of South Russia.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has the same first name as the late Dzhokhar Dudaev, a Soviet Air Force general who in the early 1990s was the first President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, a breakaway state in the North Caucasus.

READ MORE: find out more about who the two Chechen brothers are.

A massive manhunt is underway today in Boston and surrounding suburbs for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed early today in a shootout with police.

Contact Mike Sigov at: sigov@theblade.com, @mikesigoveblade or at 419-724-6089.


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