Anzor Tsarnaev told reporters on Friday that if his second son was killed “all hell will break loose.”
Anzor talked about his life and his sons with reporters.
“Chechens are persecuted in Russia. That’s why we left. There was a manhunt at one point.”
Anzor Tsarnaev applied for political asylum in the US in 2002.
The New York Times reported:
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Anzor Tsarnaev and his younger son first came to the United States legally in April 2002 on 90-day tourist visas, federal law enforcement officials said. Once in this country, the father applied for political asylum, claiming he feared deadly persecution based on his ties to Chechnya. Dzhokhar, who was 8, applied for asylum under his father’s petition, the officials said.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to the United States later, and applied for American citizenship on Sept. 5 last year, federal law enforcement officials said.