Czech Republic: We're Not Chechnya

Czech ambassador posts geography lesson for social media pundits
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2013 2:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A quick geography lesson: The Chechen Republic is a subject of Russia in southeastern Europe; the Czech Republic is a nation about 2,000 miles away in central Europe. The Czech ambassador to the US has issued a statement explaining the difference after a surprising number of social media users confused his country with that of the Boston bombing suspects' place of birth (or close to it anyway), reports the AP.

"As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect," Ambassador Petr Gandalovic said in a statement on the embassy's website. "The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities." Click to read the full statement. (Read more Chechnya stories.)

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