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  •  Curiosity about origins (0+ / 0-)

    This doesn't relate directly to the situation at hand, but I can't help but raise an eyebrow when reading reports about the origins of the brothers. It will be interesting to see whether any of my thinking jibes with what we'll eventually learn about them.

    Throughout the existence of the Soviet Union, it was not uncommon for people to refer to that nation as "Russia". While Russia was the largest of the republics making up the Soviet Union, at its height it was comprised of fifteen republics, many of whom bore very little, if any, cultural or ethnic homogeneity with Russia. The starkest examples are what were referred to as "the Islamic States" which included, Tadzikstan, Khazakstan, Turkmenistan, as well as Kyrgyzstan.

    Once the Soviet Union fell in 1991, most of the republics became independent, although not all at once. The Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) bailed fairly early, as did Ukraine. I'm not sure about the Islamic States, and some of them seem to have retained some times with Russia.

    Anyway, what this leads up to is, with one brother being born before the fall of the USSR, and the other born after, it wouldn't surprise me if reporting by journalists not so thoroughly familiar with that event (and the associated terms) led them to believe the brothers were born in dramatically different places, when, in fact, they may have been born in the same place (the order of birth matters in this). Not to put to fine a point on it, if, the elder brother was born in Bishkek (just as an example) in 1987, he would have been born in the republic of Kyrgyzstan, USSR. If the younger brother was also born in Bishkek, in 1993, he would have been born in Kyrgyzstan, the nation. Lazy reporting might have erroneously conflated USSR with Russia in the first case, and, Bob's your uncle, we have brothers born in widely disparate locations.

    Also, given the geography of the region, I'm curious as to the motivation to undertake a move from Kyrgyzstan to Checnya, which is across a couple of countries and the Caspian Sea.

    Anyway, I suspect a reporting error, but I'm willing to accept the "speculation" epithet after it's all played out. The prospect was just something that struck me.

    •  "Lazy reporting might have erroneously conflated " (1+ / 0-)
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      This is the norm these days, so no "Lazy" about it: it's the definition.  But oh so true.  Plenty of room for ignorance, and stupidity.  

      I listened to one of the CNN "field reporters" this AM, and she had trouble with a coherent sentence, much less just pronouncing some words correctly in English.  Made my skin crawl to listen to her.  Unable to accurately describe or narrate what was in front of her on the camera. "Journalism"?  "Reporting"?   Pffft!

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      by tom 47 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:18:45 AM PDT

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