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

(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.

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MattB
Apr 22, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
That just shows how poorly even our adults are educated in this country! If you were one of those people you should by the biggest atlas made & pay someone to beat you to death with it.
viva_yo
Apr 21, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
We are not just "The Ugly American", we are the stupid-as-hell Americans in need of a 4th grade class in geography & copy of The Penguin pocketbook history of the world. (See Sarah Palin & the Teabags.)
Econ_101
Apr 21, 2013 6:35 AM CDT
Hello Vatos: Czech Republic is not Chechny. I had to know them when taking the USA Citizens tests. The Judge asked me what countries border the USA. I said: Yer "Honor": Lower US´´A, there she is "Mejico". And Upper your US´´A, there she is "Canada". You are going to make a "FINE CITIZEN", said the Judge !!! Saludos Vatos....................