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    Strangest “reportedly” true actually true Boston Marathon Bombing fact

    Strangest “reportedly” true actually true Boston Marathon Bombing fact

    Surely this could not be actually true.

    At best “reportedly” true?

    But alas, it was:

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    Statement of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic on the Boston terrorist attack
    19.04.2013 / 21:27

    As many I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month. 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. 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 Miloš 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. We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.

    Petr Gandalovič
    Ambassador of the Czech Republic

    Having traveled in the Czech part of what then was Czechoslovakia, I can attest that the Czech Republic is a beautiful place, and that it is not Chechnya. Not even “reportedly” Chechnya.


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    Colorado Wellington | April 22, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I think the Ambassador’s worries are overblown. Most university graduates know that the Czech Republic is either Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia. Nobody ever mentions Chechnya.

    They do get confused about Slovakia, Slovenia and Slavonia, though.

    BannedbytheGuardian | April 22, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Maybe not for young Americans but Prague is THE go to city in Europe. There is so much to see on foot that shin splints are the most common medical complaint for visitors.

    Perhaps the ambassador should have tweeted.

    Czech Republic = beer.

    Chechnyan Republic = No beer.

    Then they would understand.

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