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Kazakhstan: Media Spotlighting Tenuous Connections to Marathon Bombings

News that the suspected perpetrators of the April 15 Boston marathon bombings have links to Kazakhstan – albeit extremely tenuous ones – has brought unwanted attention to this oil-rich Central Asian state neighboring Kyrgyzstan, where the two suspects have family roots.

The media spotlight shone on Kazakhstan when two Kazakhstani students were arrested near Boston on April 20 over alleged immigration violations after being questioned by police about their links to suspected bombers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with security forces, and his surviving brother Djokhar, who is hospitalized and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Media Spotlighting Tenuous Connections to Marathon Bombings

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