The mother of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing says she believes the tragedy that killed three people and injured dozens more was staged, that the bombing was fake.
"That's what I want to know, because everybody's talking about it -- that this is a show, that's what I want to know. That's what I want to understand," said Zubeidat Tsarnaev.
She has seen a video pushing the wild idea, she told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh, who interviewed her in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He asked if she has seen the news images of the actual bombings and the suffering they caused.
"I haven't," she answered. There was no blood, she said. It was paint. But her disbelief broke down when she spoke of the victims.
"I really feel sorry for all of them. Really feel sorry for all of them," she said, her voice cracking. But she is resolute about not believing that her sons, Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26 were involved.
The elder son was killed after the two allegedly violently resisted and fled police.
Tamerlan's body remains unclaimed. Dzhokhar is hospitalized with severe injuries, and faces terrorism and murder charges.
His mother said at a news conference Thursday that authorities "already told us they will not let us see Dzhokhar."
"This is really crazy," she told Paton Walsh. "I have no strength. I have nothing. I have no sleep, I am just like dead," she said, sobbing as she spoke.
Father traveling to U.S.
Her husband, Anzor Tsarnaev, is expected to step off a flight in the United States in the coming days after a long journey from Dagestan. He told reporters he may leave Thursday for the United States.
He has vowed to cooperate in the bombing investigation.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev is not coming with him.
She's wanted on 2012 felony charges of shoplifting and property damage in Massachusetts, according to court officials.
The family lived there before she jumped bail, and they moved the same year to Dagestan, a semiautonomous region of Russia, officials said.
Anzor Tsarnaev may be bringing along important information for the investigation into the April 15 marathon bombings.
He is to depart for the United States as soon as Friday, human rights activist Kheda Saratova told CNN. Saratova is serving as the parents' representative.
The father has said he will cooperate in the investigations into the alleged crimes of his sons.
No one had claimed Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body as of Wednesday, the Massachusetts chief medical examiner's office said. Relatives in the United States have publicly said they are ashamed of the two young men. Several Boston-area imams have said they would feel uncomfortable presiding over Tamerlan Tsarnaev's funeral.
Characterized in fair condition at a Boston hospital, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been communicating with authorities. His father has spoken for hours with U.S. and Russian authorities, Saratova said.
On Wednesday, FBI agents were in Makhachkala, Dagestan -- a city that Tamerlan Tsarnaev called home for several months in 2012 -- to talk with the suspects' parents.
The conversation, which included members of Russia's federal security service, ended Wednesday evening, the suspects' mother told Saratova.
Both parents have publicly said they believe their children are innocent and were framed -- "just because they were Muslim," as Zubeidat Tsarnaev put it.
When asked whether she thinks her younger son will get a fair trial, she replied, "Only Allah will know."
Russia and the Tsarnaevs
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday urged closer cooperation between other countries' security services after the Boston Marathon bombings.
"If we combine our efforts, we will not suffer blows like that," he said during a live televised call-in session in Moscow on Thursday.
The Tsarnaevs are originally from the embattled Russian republic of Chechnya but fled from the brutal wars there in the 1990s. The two brothers were born in Kyrgyzstan and moved at different times to the United States.
In his first on-camera comments since the bombing, Putin also lashed out against those in the West who have slammed Russia for human rights abuses in its actions toward Chechnya.
"Russia is a victim of international terrorism itself. Russia is among the first victims, and I hate it when our Western partners call our terrorists -- who committed some heinous crimes in Russia -- when they call them freedom fighters and never call them terrorists. They supported them. They provided media support for them, financial support for them, political support -- sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly. But they always supported their actions in Russia.
"And we always told our partners, instead of general declarations you should have closer cooperation between our security services. And now these two criminals confirmed that we were right. "
He added, "Of course, we can speculate forever on the tragedy of the Chechen people when they were deported by the Stalin regime. But the Chechens were not the only victims."
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