Posters calling Chechens to pray for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared Friday in the Chechen capital of Grozny, Kavkazski Uzelreported.
Portraying Tsarnaev from his early childhood to adolescence, the posters invite to “Pray for Dzhokhar,” claiming he is innocent and has been facing torture for the past couple of weeks in the US.
“Pray for Dzhokhar. This young man – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was falsely accused, has been subjected to inhuman torture, has no brother anymore and has been vilified by closest people. Dzhokhar has been kept in captivity by horrible people who are responsible for all these unspeakable crimes. Now he truly needs your help and support, even moral support. We are asking you not to be indifferent, because the more people realize the truth, chance for justice increases,” posters read.
They also provide the Internet address of a page in Vkontakte dedicated to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Vkontakte is the Russian version of Facebook and shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing it revealed Tsarnaev had been fully dedicated to Islam and connected to Chechen organizations seeking to secede from Russia.
Similar posters appeared along the streets of Grozny last Friday. Unlike new posters asking people to pray for Tsarnaev, those specifically asked Chechens to support Dzhokhar and his family financially, claiming the accusations against the 19-year-old were groundless and there was no evidence he committed any crime.
Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Chechen origin are suspected of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 250 people April 15. Elder brother died after a gunbattle with the police. He was reportedly buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia, The Washington Times reported Friday.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been recovering in the hospital from gunshot wounds since April 19. He was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and with malicious destruction of property resulting in death.