According to Politico, the parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two brothers who are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, were in a tumultuous marriage that ended in divorce.
The parents, Anzor Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, were granted an uncontested divorce by Judge William McSweeney III in September 2011, according to records in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. After an “irretrievable breakdown,” the two separated in February 2011 and finally divorced later that year.
Politico writes that the two were married on October 20, 1986, in Tugtunsky, Priozerny in Russia’s Kalmyk Autonomous Republic, according to a marriage certificate they found in the divorce file that was written in Russian. However, only their father, Anzor, described himself as a Chechen national, though. Zubeidat recognized herself as a “Avar National,” which, according to Politico, is “the primary nationality in Dagestan, where both parents now appear to be living and where Tamerlan reportedly spent about six months last year.”
The couple also waived any claims to alimony and didn’t declare any real estate, retirement, or pension plans, and agreed they would each pay for their own medical insurance.
Dzhokhar turned 18 in July 2011, and his parents may have waited for him to turn 18 before they filed for divorce.