During his annual Q&A media session on Thursday, Vladimir Putin spoke at length about Russia's connection to the Boston Marathon bombing, complaining that the Western media has a double standard when it comes to discussing terrorism in other countries. Putin said that when incidents happen in Chechnya or Dagestan or even Moscow, the attackers are often referred to as "insurgents," but when they strike in American they are "terrorists."
It's a new take on the "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" and one that's not entirely without merit, since not everyone in America was willing to connect the Chechnyan war to the larger "global war on the terror" of the last decade. Though incidents like the Moscow subway bombing and the Beslan school seige, were clearly labeled as the terrorist attacks that they were. More importantly, from Putin's perspective, the Boston bombing has given him a chance to say "I told you so." He has said in the past that Western nations should support Russia's attempts to suppress revolts in the region, because extremists movements there were a common enemy of the world. "Those two [the Boston attackers] have proved our position all too well,” he said.