There is zero accountability, zero transparency, and zero justice. The FBI will be held accountable for their actions in Orlando that resulted in the death of Ibragim Todashev. 

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Letter from Mr. Todashev to President Obama

Abdulbaki Todashev
Representing interests of his son – Ibragim Todashev 
98, 3-i Pereulok Dalniy,
Grozny city, Oktyabrskiy district,
Chechen Repulic, Russian Federation 

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to you being dictated by the call of my soul and the unalleviated pain of a father whose son was ruthlessly killed. I am not asking you to share my pain but I am asking you, as the head of the great country – the guarantor of democracy in the modern world, to help the law and justice prevail. I will try to be short and concise.
My son was born in 1985 in a family with other 11 children. All my life I worked hard, trying to provide for my family and bring up dignified and law-abiding children.
In 2008 Ibragim, being a fifth year student at the Chechen State University, was enrolled in an international student exchange program and went to the United States to practice his English. In Boston he studied English in depth and got engaged in big sports – Mixed Martial Arts. In 2011 he moved to Orlando, Florida. All these years, alongside with his studies and sports, he worked to earn his living and sometimes received financial support from his family back home.
We, Ibragim’s parents, were aware of everything that was happening in his life in America, including his friends, girlfriends and trainers, as he was regularly in contact not only with his father, mother, sisters and brothers, but also with his other relatives and friends.
After the terrorist attack in Boston FBI interrogated my son several times because he was acquainted with Tsarnayev brothers – suspects of the terrorist attack. He got acquainted with them because they trained in the same gym when he lived in Boston. When Boston events took place my son had already lived at 6022 Peregrine Ave., Orlando, Florida 32819, USA. He had received a green card and was preparing to visit his family in Russia. Having had a knee operation he was waiting for his leg to heal to be able to walk independently. He had bought presents for his relatives and tickets for a flight that was supposed to take place on May 24. However, on May 22 he was visited by FBI agents who ruthlessly cut short his life.
Large amount of factual evidences proves that he neither had anything to do with the terrorist attack nor with any other crimes, which FBI wanted to hang on him. We, as Chechens, know very well what terrorism is and how many innocent lives have been taken by it during the first and the second Chechen campaigns. Chechens have always condemned terrorist attacks wherever they have taken place and whatever goals have been pursued by their executors. Neither bad nor good intentions justify terrorism.
Let’s assume that my son was suspected in participating in a crime. FBI agents four times interrogated him in their office. Please, note that the interrogations took place in their office and Ibragim regularly visited them when they called him and provided detailed answers to all their questions. He was neither arrested nor was he detained. Then he told me that he did not want to go to the FBI office anymore because the agents put pressure on him. The fifth time FBI agents came to his place. They asked his friend Khusein Taramov, who was at that time with Ibragim, to leave the apartment. After that Ibragim was tortured and later shot multiple times in the body and in the head to guarantee his death. Ibragim’s body and his head had 13 (thirteen) gunshot wounds. I also should mention that I have not misspoken about tortures. His face and body had bruises sustained while he was still alive.

There are many questions that arise from the above mentioned facts. I will list the most salient ones:
1. Why the group of FBI agents after four interrogations in their office, came to Ibragim’s house for the fifth interrogation? After all what happened to Ibragim I am inclined to think that they came to kill him. It seems that killing him in their office would create significant challenges for them.
2. There was an article in the media that said that an allegedly anonymous FBI agent shared that Ibragim attacked them and they used fire arms in order to defend themselves.
Let’s assume that this is true and Ibragim, having become Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all in one, literally threw around and battered the entire group of specially trained and well-armed agents. These are fairy tales for the mentally infirm, because shortly before this incident my son had undergone a serious operation on his knee at GAVETTA Orthopedic Clinics on 03.13.2013 (diagnosis: anterior cross-shaped ligament and meniscal tears) and used crutches. His weight at that time was 72 kilograms while height was 175 centimeters (photography of the operated knee is enclosed).
3. What kind of actions could my son do to endanger the lives of FBI agents while he was literally in their hands and how these agents could allow any danger to arise to kill him so ruthlessly in his apartment? This is absurd. It is clear and obvious. This means that these FBI agents were incompetent if they allowed this to happen. My son was absolutely unarmed.
That means he was provoked. Unlawful acts were committed against him; unacceptable methods were used on him. They must have needed it; they wanted to provoke him, and any healthy person could be provoked after hours-long interrogations.
Even if the FBI agents were right, why would they shoot at him so many times instead of immobilizing him by shooting in his shoulder or leg, etc.? Doesn’t FBI have other special means that can neutralize anyone, such as tasers, batoons and so on?
I would like to emphasize once again that all this was happening inside my son’s home and not while he was being chased on the street or someplace else in the course of an arrest, or resisting authority, or during the commission of a crime. 
4. The medical examiner’s report concerning my son’s body has not yet been released to my legal attorneys, despite the fact that they requested it several times. The medical examiner’s office claimed the FBI banned the report’s release. I can’t help but think that an independent medical examination is unlikely if the examiners obey the FBI’s orders.
5. Why does FBI subject Ibragim’s friends and acquaintances to pressure and blackmail by threatening arrests and deportations?. Having refused to work for FBI Ibragim’s friends, Tatiana Gruzdeva and Ashurmamad Miraliev, were deported from the United States. Many others have been forced to leave the country under FBI’s pressure.

6. Why does FBI pressure not only all Ibragim’s acquaintances, but now also my acquaintances, who helped me during my first visit to the United States when I picked up my slain sons’s body, as well as my second visit, when I was trying to learn from Ibragim’s acquaintances and friends about the circumstances surrounding his death?
7. FBI does everything to prevent this case from hearings in court and, if hearings take place, to ensure that none of the witnesses can provide positive feedback about my son.
8. When I came to the United States for the second time I lived in Ibragim’s apartment. I slept on his bed, ate in the same cafes where he did, visited the gym where he trained, went to the mosque where he prayed, always was with his friends and talked to his acquaintances and neighbors. In other words I was in his shoes. Believe me it is extremely difficult to recall these events again and again. I wouldn’t wish this even to my fiercest enemy. For the entire time of my own investigation I haven’t heard anything bad about my son.

Dear Mr. President,
Unfortunately I am not an expert in the U. S. criminal legislation but in my country actions of these FBI agents are classified as an abuse of power and a premeditated murder. I believe that the FBI agents not only damaged reputation of their agency but also of the entire country in the eyes of the international community.
It seems that FBI in the United States is everything. President is nothing for them. They are judges and prosecutors. There is no authority above them. FBI can kill anyone wherever and whenever they want. If FBI suspects something they first kill and then start looking for scapegoats, trying to connect something that cannot be connected, such as Japanese Tsunami with American Tornado. They think up legends to justify what they have committed and file away a person, just like a sheep on a farm.
Because of actions of such FBI agents and other similar people in power for the last several years the democracy, former glory, image, and the reputation of the United States have been seriously questioned. According to available statistics, for the last several years law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, etc.) have killed 70 and injured 80 people. In none of the cases have the men in uniform been convicted.
Don’t you think that it is time to put an end to this practice and stop this lawlessness, turn your face to the people who voted for you hoping for positive changes?
Far from lecturing you, I am simply sharing my thoughts caused by the grief that came upon my family and as a man whose heart has been ripped out and, in addition, is being trodden to pieces.
The murder of my son is an unprecedented case.
Believe me, Mr. President, that after such an unprecedented, cold-blooded, ruthless and premeditated murder of my son there is no justification for them. Everything is as clear as black and white. Having gotten rid of the witness and not allowing my son to have a legal representative they killed him in an extra-judicial manner.
Did my son know that he had the right to remain silent or did he have rights at all, including the right to live? Being a citizen of another country he might not be aware of the laws as he was only 27 years old and wanted to live so much. No, they left no chances for him inflicting 13 gunshot wounds and multiple hematomas on his body. After what FBI agents have done to him whatever excuses they come up with nobody would believe them because my son is dead and cannot talk for himself. They did it deliberately so that he can never speak and never take part in court hearings. They put pressure on my son’s friends to prevent them from coming to the court and speaking the truth.
I rely on you, Mr. President, and hope that the prosecutor’s office and the court do not let the agencies conducting internal investigation on this case prevent the truth from coming to light so that at least some part of our grief, caused by the murder of our son, is relieved, and that the murderers stand trial instead of sit in their desk chairs.
Dear Mr. President, in addition to all what I have mentioned above, I enclose factual evidences.
If you have time to listen to me and give me your consent to meet you I can come to the United States and provide detailed explanations using factual evidences.
Dear Mr. President, I hope that you, as a guarantor of the U. S. Constitution, pay attention to my letter and those who are guilty in the murder of my son will be justly punished.

With respect and hope, 
Father of a murdered son Abdulbaki Todashev

Attachment: 13 (thirteen) photos of the body of my son and his apartment where the murder took place.

Source: Family friend

Continue Fighting...

Since this whole movement started, so many of us have come together to fight for the truth. Whether it made us hated or loved we were all here for the same reason, seeking justice for Jahar but, lately no one can seem to get along. I may not know the reasons why but, I do know a pretty good reason why we should put all of that behind us. There’s a kid a 19 year old kid sitting in solitary confinement probably wondering if he’ll ever see his family again. If he’ll ever feel the sun on his skin, the comfort and joy of having his friends around. If he’ll ever have a family of his own one day, and yet some of you make a mockery out this and argue about petty little things that shouldn’t even matter. Right about now this kid needs our help more than ever so don’t just give up so easily. Yes I know there are haters out there who are doing everything they possibly can to make you feel like crap but who cares about them!!! We shouldn’t  be focusing our energy on people who don’t matter to us. If they aren’t going to help you put up flyers, spread the word, or simply support you in what you are doing then they should be the least of your worries. Hit the block button and get back to what really matters. All this fighting and deactivating over fights is just hurting someone who deserves justice right along with the victims. I mean seriously we’ve come all this way together and been through so much name calling and threats and harassment that we can’t just give up now. Now if you still want to to leave because you think it’s a joke then by all means go, you’re always welcome to come back whenever but don’t leave because of petty things. You’re just proving to all the haters that we were too weak to make a change for the better. Don’t prove them right.

P.s. Sorry for this small rant but, too many people are starting to give up and I can’t stand to see so many people throw so much hard work away. 

Ibragim Todashev's Father Writes Open Letter to President, Calls for Justice

Warning: Graphic photos. Abdul-Baki Todashev is calling for justice for his son, the Tamerlan Tsarnaev associate who was killed by the FBI in Florida.

Abdul-Baki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev, the Tamerlan Tsarnaev associate shot to death in his Orlando, Fla., apartment by a FBI agent in the company of two Massachusetts State Troopers in May, has released an open letter to President Obama calling for justice.

In the letter, Abdul-Baki Todashev accuses FBI agents of deliberately killing and torturing his son (citing bruise marks near his left eye) and threatening and deporting his son’s acquaintances. Todashev asks the president to ensure that the FBI does not interfere with the independent investigation into his son’s death.

Earlier this year, Todashev’s live-in girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva, was arrested and deported to Moscow. ICE officials told her she was deported for giving Boston magazine an interview. At the time of the interview, she was granted deferred action by ICE. It is unclear what the terms of her deferred action were. Ashurmamad Miraliev, a friend of Todashev, was denied repeated requests to an attorney during a six-hour interrogation with the FBI after his arrest according to the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Abdul-Baki Todashev states in the letter:

“Did my son know that he had the right to remain silent or did he have rights at all, including the right to live? Being a citizen of another country he might not be aware of the laws as he was only 27 years old and wanted to live so much. No, they left no chances for him inflicting 13 gunshot wounds and multiple hematomas on his body. After what FBI agents have done to him whatever excuses they come up with nobody would believe them because my son is dead and cannot talk for himself. They did it deliberately so that he can never speak and never take part in court hearings. They put pressure on my son’s friends to prevent them from coming to the court and speaking the truth.

I rely on you, Mr. President, and hope that the prosecutor’s office and the court do not let the agencies conducting internal investigation on this case prevent the truth from coming to light so that at least some part of our grief, caused by the murder of our son, is relieved, and that the murderers stand trial instead of sit in their desk chairs.”

Florida State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton is currently conducting an investigation into the FBI killing. Earlier this month, he released a statement saying that he recently received additional information from the United States Department of Justice and would release the findings of his report early next year.

Reni posted this photo of Ibragim today. It’s low quality but I don’t have the software to make it better on this computer :(

Today, Hassan Shibly of CAIR Florida said that he met and talked with a reporter outside the home where Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed while unarmed by an FBI agent after hours of interrogation. When asked about the ongoing investigation he said “Yes…stay tuned.” There may be updates coming soon.

We hope. 

FBI Promises To Release Report On Killing Of Florida Man Linked To Boston Bombing Suspects

WASHINGTON – The internal FBI probe into the deadly shooting of a Russian immigrant who was being interviewed in Florida in May about his links to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is “definitely” something the bureau will release down the line, FBI Director James Comey told reporters Thursday.

Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed by an FBI agent while being questioned about his relationship with Tsarnaev. There were conflicting accounts about whether Todashev was armed when he allegedly attacked an agent. News reports quoted sources who said that Todashev was going to sign a statement confessing his involvement in a 2011 murder when he allegedly lunged at an agent, who was accompanied by other law enforcement officials.

Todashev Relative Disrupts Tsarnaev Appearance in Federal Court

**They need to cut Elena some slack. Her entire life has been turned upside down because of this case. Her daughter was married to Ibragim Todashev when he was murdered and they’ve been given the run around the entire time about what actually happened the night he was killed. Feds showed up at a small memorial she organized on the 1 year anniversary of Ibragims murder. They ruined her career by claiming she was some kind of security threat because of her relationship to Ibragim. Because of this she was stripped of all clearances effectively ending her military career. At one point they threatened to withhold her pension if she didn’t cooperate with an investigation against her own son in law. She’s just trying to be strong for her daughter and get justice for Ibragim. Because Jahar is still alive she has gone out of her way driving for many hours to attend his hearings and speak to the media and protest as much as possible. On a personal note she’s a very smart, sweet woman who is dedicated to seeing that the truth finally comes out about what the government has done to her and her family and I’m sick and tired of the way the media tries to portray her as some ranting nut. She may likely be banned from the courthouse for today’s events which is a shame and a double standard because you can be damn sure that if that guy Marc Fucarile had shouted out to Jahar to drop dead and burn in hell he would have received only a warning and be allowed to return. I also found it interesting that it was reported that the courtroom was completely packed to the point of overflowing with victims and their relatives (and Donahue which seems odd since he was shot by a fellow cop) yet the prosecution is still claiming that they are far too frightened to testify**

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood in federal court in Boston this morning for a brief pretrial hearing, which was punctuated by an interruption in Russian and English from a woman in the gallery.

Several journalists reported she exclaimed “stop killing innocent people” in English as she was escorted out for yelling in Russian. The woman identified herself to reporters as a relative of Ibrahim Todashev: a friend of Dzhokhar’s brother who was killed by an FBI agent during an incident that arose from the investigation of a Waltham triple homicide.

Tsarnaev’s appearance today was the first time the now 21-year-old was publicly seen since his arraignment in July 2013, when he still showed injuries from the police stand-off and manhunt that led to his arrest.

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The bombing suspect entered the courtroom at 10 a.m. to answer several questions from Judge George O’Toole. Reporters in the courtroom described him as relaxed but more alert than his last appearance, keeping his eyes averted from the crowd of bombing survivors and spectators. They also described him as having overgrown hair and a beard, wearing a black sweater and khakis rather than an orange inmate jumpsuit.

Judge O’Toole asked Tsarnaev if his attorneys had kept him informed about the legal proceedings, to which he quietly said they had. The judge also heard motions disputing whether or not jurors could hear details about the suspect’s family life. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother Tamerlan was killed in the police stand-off in the days following the bombings, and allegedly planned the attacks with him. The judge also expressed the need for a large courtroom to accommodate the survivors and their families, and said witness lists will not be unsealed until jurors are called.

Authorities have said Tsarnaev spent most of his jail time in solitary confinement, with limited access to his family and lawyers. He faces 30 charges related to the April 2013 attacks, including using a weapon of mass destruction. While no cameras were allowed in the courtroom to provide photos of his appearance, the court may soon release sketches. The last time Tsarnaev was publicly seen, his arm was in a cast and his face and jaw were swollen from a gunshot wound.

Tsarnaev could receive the death penalty if convicted. Jury selection for the trial is set to begin on January 5.