Ruslan Tsarni speaks out about his relationship with his nephews, who he says he hasn't seen in years, saying "somebody radicalized them" and "I just wanted my family to be away from them."
The Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have been motivated by shame and hatred, their uncle said Friday at a raw, impromptu press conference.
“Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves; these are the only reasons I can imagine of. Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam – it’s a fraud, it’s a fake," Ruslan Tsarni said outside his home in Montomery Village, Md.
Tsarni expressed outrage over the alleged actions of his nephews Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was at large on Friday – spawning a massive manhunt – and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a firefight with law enforcement.
“They have brought shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” Tsarni said of the two young men suspected of carrying out the attack that left three dead and more than 170 injured
Explaining that he had been estranged from his brother and that he had not seen him or his children in years, Tsarni insisted that his nephew's actions had nothing to do Chechnya, and he was visibly angry that the public was drawing that conclusion.
“This has nothing to do with Chechnya. Chechens are peaceful people,” he said.
He said that if the young men had become radicalized, it would not have been by his brother, who he said “spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars."
Tsarni, who was visibly shaken, said his nephews had also shamed their family.
The bombing suspects' uncle Ruslan Tsarni pleads for his nephew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the marathon bombing suspect who is on the loose after his accomplice brother died in a shootout with police, to turn himself in.
“Of course we’re ashamed!” he responded to a reporter’s questioning. “They are children of my brother – who had little influence over them.”
When a reporter asked Tsari about his own feelings towards the United States, he passionately described his love for his adopted country.
“I say, I teach my children and that’s what I feel myself: This is the ideal micro-world in the entire world. I respect this country. I love this country. This country – which gives chance to everybody else to be treated as a human being.”
Asked what he would say to the younger of the two brothers, Dzhokhar, who was still on the loose, he urged him to turn himself in.
“I say, 'Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in. And ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured, and from those who left. Ask for forgiveness from these people.'”