Today marks the one-year anniversary of the terrifying terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon. At exactly 2:49 pm last year, the first bomb was detonated, seconds later, the second bomb went off killing 3 people and injuring over 200. But before this all occurred, Dzhokhar and Tarmerlan Tsarnaev were just two ordinary men, who aspired to become professional boxers. At 2:50 pm, they were the most wanted terrorist in America.
The faces of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were plastered all over American television, newspapers and computer screens after a three day manhunt that ended with the death of Tarmerlan and the arrest of his younger brother Dzokhar. But how were their faces potrayed in media networks around the world? Especially in Russia and its federal republics of Dagestan and Chechnya were the two men were born?
Public Radio International’s The World reported that people from different parts of the world expressed their condolences to the U.S and felt their pain. From Syria, to Israel, to China to Spain, PRI reported how many countries felt sorry but at the same time were not as shocked since these attacks happen to them frequently.
Voice of America reported how many Russians “watched with quiet satisfaction” as how the two Chechen brothers terrorized the United States. The portal reports how Russians, who have long been targets of Chechen terror attacks, now see “Americans walking a kilometer in their shoes.”
The Moscow Times, an English-language newspaper from Russia reported a piece that stated how the Boston Bombings taught terrorist all around the world about how a “well-timed attack” can spark International media frenzy. The column also reported how the bombings would help to justify Vladimir Putin’s efforts to maintain tight policies toward the bombers native towns of Chechnya and Dagestan. Other coverage in The Moscow Times focus on a more historical analysis of how the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, unleashed tensions many of which are endured regularly by natives of the area.
In China, the response to the Boston Marathon bombings was heavily impacted by the death of Chinese national Lu Lingzi, a graduate student at Boston University. In the early stages, China’s media coverage was reported as an international terrorist attack, but after it was discovered that Lu was hospitalized and later died from the attacks, Chinese media coverage shifted completely. They were now covering images of Lu’s family and their efforts to fly over to Boston and see their son. Social media also played a big role, as 73 other Chinese participated in the marathon, each tweeting and providing their experiences before and after the terrorist attacks.
Russia’s communist newspaper, Pravda, covered the story by asking “Who set up Tsarnaev brothers?” Their coverage centered around all the possible reasons and speculations behind behind the bombings. The newspaper goes even further and provides some possible theories that explain how the Tsarnaev brothers were “set up.”
Chernovik is an independent newspaper in Dagestan that also reported on the bombers and their ties to Dagestan. In an article titled, “My children have been substituted,” the author writes about the shocking revelations of the Tsarnaevs’ connections to Dagestan. They also include an interview with the bombers parents, but more interesting are the comments where many readers protest against the U.S. trying to find connection to Dagestan. “Blatant lie,” “I do not believe the Americans,” and “cannot be trusted,” are comments made by readers throughout the story.
Kavkaz Center a privateIslamic news website in the Northern Caucasus had some of the most controversial coverage of the bombings. The news site called out Russia for secret “KGB involvement” in the bombings. Though the stories lacks proper credentials and sources, they feature a variety of opinions and speculations that pertain to the Tsarnaev brothers and their ties to the Northern Caucasus. The site writes, “The KC editorial staff does not exclude that some of the publications in the U.S. and western media could be influenced by Russian spies. We also do not rule out a possibility that the U.S. deliberately misinforms the public on the progress of their investigation. The Kavkaz Center believes that at this stage, it is important to monitor the situation and inform the public about every more or less important turns in the murky FBI/KGB/CIA Boston story.”