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“They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!”
Alexei Filatov, head of the veterans’ association for Russia’s elite Alfa anti-terrorist unit, told the daily Kommersant that the true organizers of the attack must have been Americans unhappy with President Barack Obama’s “intention to cease active anti-terrorist activities.”
“These are people hired to perform the terrorist attack,” he said. “Judging by the way it was executed, the people who ordered it would hate for their identity to become public. If it were some radical organization, Islamic or otherwise, it would have claimed responsibility.”