tsarnaev third cousin a prominent islamist in dagestan

and tamerlan hung out with him:

“Exclusive: Dagestani Relative of Tamerlan Tsarnaev Is a Prominent Islamist”

“Last year, when Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent six months in the Russian region of Dagestan, he had a guide with an unusually deep knowledge of the local Islamist community: a distant cousin named Magomed Kartashov. Six years older than Tsarnaev, Kartashov is a former police officer and freestyle wrestler—and one of the region’s most prominent Islamists.

“In 2011 Kartashov founded and became the leader of an organization called the Union of the Just, whose members campaign for sharia law and pan-Islamic unity in Dagestan, often speaking out against U.S. policies across the Muslim world. The group publicly renounces violence. But some of its members have close links to militants; others have served time in prison for weapons possession and abetting terrorism — charges they say were based on fabricated evidence. For Tsarnaev, these men formed a community of pious young Muslims with whom he could discuss his ideas of jihad. Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat, confirmed that her son is Kartashov’s third cousin. The two met for the first time in Dagestan, she said, and ‘became very close….’

“The Union of the Just is a tight group of activists based in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people in the plains of northern Dagestan. Tsarnaev, whose parents live 90 miles away in the regional capital, Makhachakhla, often travelled to Kizlyar to stay with Kartashov and hang out with his friends.”

i’m going to guess that kartashov is the tsarnaev brothers’ third cousin on their mother’s side, since kartashov is from dagestan (like the tsarnaevs’ mom) and from a town where there are a lot of avars (like the tsarnaevs’ mom).

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17 Comments

  1. looking more and more like there’s an element of blowback in this from CIA involvement in trying to destabilize Russia.

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  2. @anatoly – “Tajikistan, clans, mountains, cousin marriage, Islam, Russians, birth defects, etc.”

    and (you forgot to mention) libertarian tendencies!:

    “Despite backing from medical experts and legislators, the law is facing resistance from the public. Many people see it as a step too far towards state interference in personal matters, and doubt the accuracy of the statistics being cited….

    “Another reason for opposing the bill comes from the popular perception that Tajikistan’s government spends too much time telling people what to do in their private lives….

    “‘I don’t support this kind of law, even though I am against marriage between relatives,’ she said. ‘Passing this law will be an infringement of our rights.'”

    clannish peoples don’t like big government. h*ll — a lot of them don’t like any government at all! certainly not the kind that tells you what to do.

    cool article! thanks! (^_^)

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  3. What the Hell is the CIA doing trying to destabilize Russia, anyway, if this is true. The Cold War is over, Soviet Communism is gone, and there is no damned reason on Earth why we and the Russians can’t be friends. It was only the deranged ideology of Communism that brought us into conflict anyway, traditionally we and the Russians have been friends. Are I and Pat Buchanan the only people who have noticed that the Cold War ended over twenty years ago?

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  4. “no wonder uncle ruslan has been so annoyed”

    quite

    “What the Hell is the CIA doing trying to destabilize Russia, anyway, if this is true.”

    quite

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  5. “Tajikistan, clans, mountains, cousin marriage, Islam, Russians, birth defects, etc.”

    Interesting. There was a commentator at, i think it was Steve Hsu’s blog, saying he was a public health official in that region and asking about that stuff.

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  6. @ Greying Wanderer

    Please excuse the double entry above & then (perhaps figure into the equation) the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

    I’m “of the opinion” Greying, ‘we’ (as in ‘we’ – which I figure you’re able to accommodate) didn’t get the full data sheet.

    Greying Wanderer?

    You gonna be representing me as the steering in the bobsled events?

    Well.

    I hope you go fast.

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  7. Is your shift key broken? You seem smart but your apparent disdain for majuscule letters makes your writings difficult and annoying to read, as well as making you seem like a middle-schooler who thinks herself too cool for proper typography.

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  8. Let me amend my enthusiasm for Anna Simons: she needs a good editor. While the first half of her paper is pure gold* the second half (pp 30 and beyond) trails off into utopian sail-trimming (to stay in the good graces of her employers I presume). Proposing to separate politics and governance for instance (which she suggests is already happening in India). Or notion that our military can help build incorruptible armed forces in tribal societies that don’t already share our values.

    *Here’s a real nugget for example: “American children grow up assuming life should be fair. Parents often have to remind us that it isn’t, but that rarely stops us from trying to make it fairer anyway. In contrast, people’s starting assumption throughout much of the non-West is the opposite: nothing suggests to them that life can, will, or even ought to be fair.111 And those in positions of authority use this acceptance of inequality and unfairness to advantage all the time.”

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  9. re – Adam Brown

    Is your shift key broken? You seem smart but your apparent disdain for majuscule letters makes your writings difficult and annoying to read, as well as making you seem like a middle-schooler who thinks herself too cool for proper typography.

    I disagree. Hbd’s chk’s informality is a feature not a bug. It invites commenters in like a nice warm bath.

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  10. @luke – “…like a nice warm bath.”

    i was gonna say bubble bath, but somehow that sounds kinky, and i’m not aiming for kinky here. really, i’m not! (~_^)

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  11. @ Luke

    Let me amend my enthusiasm for Anna Simons: she needs a good editor .

    I agree Luke. You’ve ‘Editoring Skills’? Got a pretty good resume worked up? You’ve really got it together?

    Her receptionist is always prompt 0700 EST, Langley.

    (Please don’t say/tell “JK” is a reference.)

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