“Why are you writing this book?” Mohammed Gadzhiev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend and deputy head of the Union of the Just asked me. We had spent most of a day talking, and the conversation had taken a few twists. Gadzhiev had been by turns condescending, engaged, and intimidating. Now, in the evening, we were drinking black tea at a large wooden table outdoors at a roadside café on the outskirts of Makhachkala, Dagestan, and Gadzhiev signalled it was time I came clean about my agenda. Specifically, he wanted to know why I had asked comparatively few questions about the celebrity martyrs whom Tamerlan had been rumoured to have tried to contact in Dagestan. Because, I said, I saw no credence to the rumours – an impression my interlocutor clearly shared. I had asked him many detailed questions about his own time with Tamerlan and conversations they had had, and what he was asking me now was this: if I was not chasing the story of the great Dagestan-based terrorist conspiracy that radicalised Tamerlan Tsarnaev, then what story was I writing? I told him I had been a reporter at both of the wars in Chechnya and had covered their aftermath, and… Read full this story
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