WATCH: Ruslan Tsarni, Uncle of Boston Bombings Suspects, Speaks

In one of the most compelling moments of a harrowing day, Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, lashed out at his nephews in an emotional press conference.

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In one of the most compelling moments of a harrowing day, Montgomery Village, Md., resident Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, lashed out at his nephews in an emotional press conference — and defended his family and their Chechen ethnicity.

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The suspects have been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Mass. in the early hours of Friday morning; and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, currently believed to be at large.

“Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” Tsarni said, reported the Associated Press.

Asked if the brothers had ever been caught up in the fighting in Chechnya, Tsarni replied, “No, they’ve never been in Chechnya, they have nothing to do with Chechnya. Chechens are different. Chechens are peaceful people.”

Asked what he thought provoked the bombings, an agitated Tsarni said: “Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine of. Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it’s a fraud, it’s a fake.”

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Twitter almost immediately lit up with comments:

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7 comments
MichelleBoutin
MichelleBoutin

Wow Uncle Ruslan is very brave person. He is not afraid Of Evil. I think he is cute man

Vranak
Vranak

This guy is a great man. Love the fire.

VivianneSalome
VivianneSalome

This is such an illuminati joke.Look at these two kids in my heart I know they are innocent and were also victims .It's sad even their own family has been brainwashed in believing they did this.This an illuminati government tactic to cause another war and blame muslims in order to enrich the bush family in buying more war weapons.

Vranak
Vranak

@VivianneSalome Congratulations, you are certifiably insane!

VivianneSalome
VivianneSalome

@Vranak @VivianneSalome  I may sound insane because I'm an awakened person who has lifted the veils of illusion and I feel terrible for most people who are blinded by the lies on the news.All the news stations are run by one group.Our world is very similar to the film "They Live" put on your shades and you will see the truth or better yet ask your inner being the truth and you will get the real answer.

Starvingartist1007
Starvingartist1007

I like the Uncle, and feel for him as in comparison to the "Aunt" demanding evidence be shown to her (dispite it being beamed across the globe) and talking big about her being a lawyer.... The father on the other hand I can feel sympathy for as is obviously in disbelief (understandable).  But actually admire the Uncle for his admissions of shame and perspective, feelings about what his nephews have done..... that is although not his fault.  Is for sure a much more caring way to approach the press for all those killed and injured.  Thank you Ruslan Tsarni your a good man with a good mind and I'm sure America will embrace you as we all struggle with these events.

LaLapinNoir
LaLapinNoir

@Starvingartist1007 Agree with your posting 100% my Friend. Poor Uncle Ruslan Tsarni did very well against the group of rabid reporters, he is a good man for sure. Peace, Light and Love to the entire Universe.