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Independent autopsy planned for Boston Marathon suspect as Russian support for Tsarnaevs grows

Protesters gathered across the street from the Worcester funeral home where the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being kept.  (Photo: Steve Lanava/Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Protesters gathered across the street from the Worcester funeral home where the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being kept. (Photo: Steve Lanava/Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

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An independent autopsy on the body of Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was scheduled to be performed Sunday, a step requested by Tsarnaev’s parents, who believe their sons were framed by the US government. Preposterous as it may sound to Bostonians, that view is catching fire on the ground with some in Russia.

The Tsarnaevs say the autopsy results could undermine the US officials’ account of Tamerlan’s death by showing that he was not run over by his brother, Dzhokhar. That, they believe, would throw into question law enforcement officials’ entire account of the case.

That contention is picking up popular support in Russia, particularly in the semiautonomous region of Chechnya and other restive territories in southern Russia, where the Tsarnaevs have relatives and roots.

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