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Refugee Shares Story Of His Run From Terror

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KHQ.COM - Following the attacks on the city of Boston just one week ago, many reports have looked at people who left the countries of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, and Chechnya in Russia, for a new life in America. The reason? Because the alleged bombers grew up in the area, an area that's known for terrorism and violence. 

It just so happens many people from those countries live right here in the Inland Northwest, but those immigrants want to set the record straight that they should not be profiled as bad people, just because two people from their country screwed up.

Every year, thousands of Americans train for an opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. It's the most historic race in this country, but last Monday history was made for a different reason. The pictures from the finish line was not a celebration, it was an act of terror. The two men responsible, brothers Tamerlan, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, spent some time in Russia's Chechnya, as well as the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.

Stepan Tsesliuk, now living in Spokane, also grew up in Kyrgyzstan and he is furious by the bombers actions.

"It's really bad, violence is always bad," Tsesliuk said. "To all the families from Boston, ‘God will bless you. I hope that he will cure every hurt in your heart because thing happening to you in your life."

Tsesliuk says in Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan violence and terror are commonplace. He said the Boston bombers were part of the problem. The problem is what made him leave. He told us about the revolution in 2005.

"The day it was happening, I was at my University, but the teacher came and said, ‘Do you know what is happening outside right now?'" Tsesliuk said. "They burned the White House, like almost destroyed it and started stealing stuff."

It's for that reason Tsesliuk ran for relief and came to the states. Despite terror over time Tsesliuk wants you to understand there are still good people in Kyrgyzstan and Chechnya.

"Try to be respectful to people from every country because there are so many poor countries, like poor economic, and people just want to have much more better lives than they used to have in their old countries," Tsesliuk said.

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