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Sun Apr 21, 2013, 11:13 PM

.A Search for Home Led Suspect to Land Marred by Strife.

'Tamerlan Tsarnaev had already found religion by the time he landed in Dagestan, a combustible region in the North Caucasus that has become the epicenter of a violent Islamic insurgency in Russia and a hub of jihadist recruitment. What he seemed to be yearning for was a home. . .

“When he came, he talked about religion,” said his aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, who saw him a few days after he arrived in January 2012. . .

He flew in to the airport here in Makhachkala, where the plate-glass windows of the arrival hall frame a mosque with twin minarets stretching skyward. He had already given up drinking alcohol, grown a close beard and become more devout, praying five times a day.

The reunion with his aunt and uncle in their third-floor apartment on Timiryazeva Street was a happy one, marked by contrasts with his life in America. “He said, ‘The people here are completely different. They pray different,’ ” Ms. Suleimanova recalled in an interview Saturday.

“Listen to the call to prayer — the azan — that they play from the mosque,” Mr. Tsarnaev said, according to his aunt. “It makes me so happy, to hear it from all sides, that you can always hear it — it makes me want to go to the mosque.”

“What, you can’t hear the mosques there in America?” she recalled asking, and he replied, “Something like that.”

Mr. Tsarnaev stayed for six months in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, where he had spent most of his teenage years and where his parents had returned to live after several years in the United States.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/world/europe/pilgrim-in-violent-land-suspect-found-comfort-in-dagestan.html?hp

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Reply .A Search for Home Led Suspect to Land Marred by Strife. (Original post)
elleng Apr 2013 OP
BeyondGeography Apr 2013 #1
elleng Apr 2013 #2
JackN415 Apr 2013 #3
elleng Apr 2013 #4
Skittles Apr 2013 #5
JackN415 Apr 2013 #6
Skittles Apr 2013 #7
JackN415 Apr 2013 #8

Response to elleng (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2013, 11:26 PM

1. This seemed like the key paragraph to me

Wherever he went, though, he did not quite seem to fit in. He was a Chechen who had never really lived in Chechnya, a Russian citizen whose ancestors were viciously oppressed by the Russian government, a green-card holder in the United States whose path to citizenship there seemed at least temporarily blocked.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 21, 2013, 11:30 PM

2. Yes, and

'Even so, his life’s narrative had been one of constant motion — so much so that the authorities and relatives in recent days have given differing accounts. According to his aunt, he was born in Kalmykia, a barren patch of Russian territory along the Caspian Sea. His family moved to Kyrgyzstan, an independent former Soviet republic in Central Asia, then to Chechnya, the turbulent republic in the Russian Federation that is his father’s ancestral home. Then to Dagestan. And then to America.'

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 01:11 AM

3. For such a peripatetic life, especially the teenage years...

 

either he would become an actor, a drifter/mental case, or a rebel. Guess he chose to be the last

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Response to JackN415 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 01:16 AM

4. If he 'chose' it.

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Response to JackN415 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 04:06 AM

5. during my teenage years

I lived in England, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missisippi and Texas

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 08:10 AM

6. So, you must be an actor/actress? ;) Was it tough to form bonding friendship?

 

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Response to JackN415 (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 05:08 PM

7. very tough

I remember living in Madison Wisconsin when I was 10, coming home all excited telling my dad I was gonna be in the school play.......he said, mmmmmm, no you won't; you'll be in England

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Response to Skittles (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 09:48 PM

8. Hope you have a happy life now. No one can change the past, but we can do something for the future.

 

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