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Brighton’s Russians Fear Tougher Immigration Policies In Light Of Boston Bombings

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Source: hahatango / Flickr

Ripples of sadness and concern rippled through the predominantly Russian neighborhood of Bright Beach when it was learned that the bombings at the Boston Marathon were allegedly perpetrated by two Chechen brothers.

The New York Daily News reported that local Russian immigrants, while saddened by the tragic events in Boston, were also worried that it will now be tougher for Russians to gain entry to the United States.

Reactions from across Brighton Beach ranged from empathy to anger over the alleged acts of terrorism by 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now deceased brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“The people who did this listened to the devil,” Elena Rasinkina, 59, told the New York Daily News. “It’s simple — they were evil.”

“I’m glad they found the people who did this. I hope it never happens again,” said 29-year-old Jesse Chase, a local worker at the Best Buy International Food on Brighton Beach Avenue.

Others expressed fear that the actions of the Tsarnaev brothers would make it harder for Russians of all faiths to immigrate to America:

Fara Sabivov, a Russian Muslim who moved to Brighton Beach from Uzbekistan about 10 years ago on a green card, fears that other Russians will be denied entrance into the U.S. because of the Boston bombings.

“Everybody is sad over this,” the 35-year-old restaurant manager said.

“For Russians coming to America, it’s going to be even harder. They’re worried.”

Despite the concern over potentially stricter immigration laws, most were mainly as stunned as the rest of the country over why anyone would perpetrate such a heinous act.

“It’s shocking,” Munira Ruzehaji, 59, a Turkish Muslim told the Daily News. “Who would want to do this?”

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  2. Ned, you either in support of these comments or just not consistent. You remove comments about blacks as soon as they get posted, but keep the above once from idiots.

  3. Anonymous cowards vomiting hateful insults toward an entire population of immigrants. While I won’t argue about there usually being a kernel of truth behind every stereotype, some might argue that it’s people like you who should stay out of the U.S. We have a lot of things wrong with this country, but the last thing we need here are moronic trolls fanning the flames of hate and idiocy.

  4. As soon as Brighton’s Russians stop collecting gov’t aid under 5 different names, we can actually take them seriously.

  5. We are already here you lazy, jealous American peasant. Your government
    wants us here – that is why we get every entitlement. We are not lazy
    and jealous like you. That is why even Russian housepaninters drive
    Bentleys and Feraris, while you lazy, jealous americans take the bus.

    Such envy. You must work hard like us and you can maybe have a Camry

  6. News organizations need to stop calling these terrorists Russians, they are Chechens! Saying their Russian is like calling an Arab living in the West Bank an Israeli.

  7. If Russian Federation claims that places like Chechnya are inseparable parts of Russia (as they do), then it is logical to call inhabitants of those places “Russians”.

    Reference: article by the state information agency of Russia, ITAR-TASS, quoting the Constitution of the Chechen Republic:

    Территория Чеченской Республики является единой и неделимой и составляет неотъемлемую часть территории Российской Федерации

    (translation: “Territory of the Chechen Republic is one and indivisible, and is an integral part of the territory of the Russian Federation“)

    EDIT: Another example would be us – we are Brooklynites, but, at the same time, we are Americans.

  8. By Russian law, all you are saying is correct. Although I do not see brooklynites committing terrorist acts on a regular basis against America. People in the media are always quick to point out “Palestinian territory”, they don’t say Israel. This matter with russia vs chechnya is either politely motivated or a lack of knowledge.

  9. While Brooklynites can indeed be proud that we don’t have terrorists here (that we know of), domestic terrorism is a problem (Oklahoma City bombing, Atlanta Olympic bombing – just to remember the two).

    However, on the matter of knowledge, the following is posted without comment:
    Statement of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic on the Boston terrorist attack

    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. 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.

    For shame.

  10. kinda like people call all asian looking people chinese, even when some are korean, japanese, etc.

  11. I pledge not to confuse the Czech Republic with Chechnya. It reminds me of that old punch line…ice berg, Gold berg….

  12. I am pateintly waiting for the mother of these two mutants to accept the fact that her ‘good boys’ are murderers and she apologies to the victims and the people of the USa. She gets a temporary pass only because that’s what a mother’s love is blind

  13. If you want to get this technical over it, there are NO RUSSIANS at all anymore, since the USSR was disbanded in 1991 into the Commonwealth of Independent States. I mean, really, Boris? Does it really matter?


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