Anzor Tsarnaev's heavily publicized trip to the United States in search of "justice and the truth" about his sons has been postponed abruptly, and Zubeidat, the mother of Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, has apparently left her home in Dagestan — on the same day reports surfaced that she was placed on a terrorism watch list, too. And just like that, these two outspoken, conspiracy-churning parents became a lot harder to find on your television screen.
After cooperating with FBI investigators for two days of (possibly fruitless) questioning this week, Zubeidat and Anzor Tsarnaev are now laying low. CNN has the report on their undisclosed whereabouts:
The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have left their home in Dagestan for another part of Russia, the suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaev told CNN Friday. She said the suspects' father, Anzor Tsarnaev, is delaying his trip to the United States indefinitely.
That's a little weird, considering how comfortable the Tsarnaevs seemed to be in the spotlight. Since his sons' names were released last Friday, Anzor has steadfastly maintained that he would be coming to the U.S. to make sure his son was kept safe and look into his charges of a setup. The Associated Press and Russia's state news agency had reported that he was scheduled to fly Thursday, but then Anzor said he was sick and missed the first day of questioning with U.S. officials who traveled to Russia this week for interviews with the parents and others in and around the southern Russian region of Dagestan. (Sky News reports that he did eventually cooperate with investigators there.) According to CNN, his wife, from whom he is separated, had called an ambulance for Anzor on Thursday, when they held a joint press conference together in Makhachkala, Russia. According to Reuters, Anzor said at the event that he hadn't yet bought a plane ticket but still had his travel plans: