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Mon May 27, 2013, 12:17 AM

7. Apparently, he was in the habit of not telling his parents the whole truth; he was a system-gamer.

He came to USA to study English, but later applied for asylum under a program where "persecuted" Chechens could be sheltered from harm. But his father -- who works for the government--said the kid wasn't in ANY danger of being persecuted, wasn't in the right window for mandatory military service, none of that. He didn't believe that's why the kid was staying in the United States...!

The current Moscow-backed leadership of Chechnya has been ruthless in prosecuting suspected separatists. But Abdulbaki Todashev, who is a department head in the mayor’s office in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, said his son had no reason to fear repression or persecution in Chechnya.

“He was too young to fight in the war, and he has nothing to fear here now,” Abdulbaki Todashev said. “He would have faced no oppression here.”

Todashev said he moved his family out of Chechnya to Saratov province in central Russia during the worst of the fighting, and moved them back “five or six years ago.” Ibragim was studying English at Chechnya State University when he told his father in 2008 he wanted to study in the United States.

“He was a good student, he really loved English, and he went to the US for English practice,” the father said. He said that Ibragim had not been accepted into any formalized course of study, and understood that he was on an exchange program.


And NYT says Ibragim and Tamerlan were likely drug dealers--they also clear up the whole "confession" thing, and indicate there was no "signed" confession, and that the very strong Ibragim has "an object" in his hand--not necessarily a knife:

....It was not certain who, or how many officers, had fired on Mr. Todashev. Nor was it clear why, with at least three law enforcement officials in the room, deadly force was used on someone without a firearm in his hands. Asked, one law enforcement official said: “If somebody jumps on you and you have a gun, and you don’t do something, the gun will quickly come into play.” ....

There was no indication on Wednesday why Mr. Todashev — who, like the Tsarnaevs, was an ethnic Chechen — would have implicated himself and Mr. Tsarnaev in the murders. Investigators, who are seeking to determine how Mr. Tsarnaev made money, have been looking into whether Mr. Todashev and Mr. Tsarnaev were drug dealers, one of the law enforcement officials said.

Mr. Todashev had not signed a written statement about the Waltham murders before he was fatally shot. “He had only said it orally but had not signed anything,” said the first official. “But that was where it appeared to be heading.”


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