- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 21, 2013

As news broke that two Chechens, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are linked to Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, so did the misinformation that comes with social networking. 

Now, the ambassador of the Czech Republic wants to set the record straight.

“As many I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month,” Petr Gandalovic, the envoy, said in a press release. “It was a stark reminder of the fact that any of us could be a victim of senseless violence anywhere at any moment.”

“As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect,” he continued. “The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities — the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.

“As the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism,” he concluded. “We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.”

Chechnya is in the Caucasus Mountains in the southeastern corner of Europe. It shares a border with Georgia and is a federal region of Russia.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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