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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.

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"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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