July 21st, 2015
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the remaining at-large suspect in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, appears to have a profile on VK, a social network popular with Russian speakers in Russia, Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East.
The page, which exists under the alternate-spelling name “Djohar Tsarnaev,” lists Tsnarnaev’s current city as Boston, Mass., and his schools as Cambridge Ringe & Latin School ’11 and a high school in Makhachkala, the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. The profile lists the owner’s worldview as “Islam” and his “personal priority” as “career and money,” per Google Translate. He belongs to a handful of groups, including “CHECHEN’S.”
Law enforcement has not confirmed the page belongs to the suspect. However, the education and geographical information matches details known about the suspect. Additionally, the profile picture very much matches a newly released high-resolution picture published by the FBI Friday morning (FBI first, VK second):
Hundreds of people have been posting angry and derogatory photos and messages on the profile, some insulting Islam with others comparing the owner of the profile to a Nazi.
The owner of the profile is listed as last accessing the site at 9:04 p.m. via a mobile device, though it’s not clear which time zone the site displays.
The FBI’s two suspects, brothers Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, allegedly killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and carjacked a Mercedes SUV late Thursday night. The elder brother was killed in a later shootout with police. The younger brother — the one seemingly belonging to this profile page — remains the focus of a police manhunt as the entire city of Boston has been put under a shelter-in-place order by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
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