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article imageBoston bombings: Pro-Tsarnaev posters displayed in Chechnya

By Katerina Nikolas     May 4, 2013 in World
Grozny - The face of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov dominates Grozny as his image is displayed on billboards across the city. Now another image is added to the city as posters of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have appeared, declaring his innocence.
Posters proclaiming the innocence of Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen, have sprung up around the city, though it is not clear who is responsible for them. The posters include appeals for financial aid for Tsarnaev, displaying the number of Qiwi Wallet, a Russian online payment system.
According to the BBC the latest posters in Grozny say: "This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old lad accused of a terrorist attack in Boston. But as many people now know, that is a groundless accusation, there is absolutely no evidence against him.
Now he is in a serious condition, in a prison hospital, he needs medical and legal help. Dzhokhar's parents ask you for help, to collect money for their son, whom they cannot lose, as they have already lost the older son, cruelly, unjustly. We will be grateful for any help, in the name of the Almighty do not remain indifferent."
RFERL reported posters expressing support for Tsarnaev have also appeared in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek. Alongside the face of the alleged bomber is text which says "Dzhokhar is innocent, pray for Dzhokhar!"
The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security is investigating who is responsible for displaying the posters in Bishkek. Authorities in Grozny removed earlier posters supporting Tsarnaev. President Kadyrov publicly distanced Chechnya from the two brothers when he issued a statement saying: “Any attempts to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, are futile."
Grozny residents say the posters are "most likely came from someone trying to make money out of the Boston Marathon bombings" according to the BBC.
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