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Chechnya: Wikipedia entry vandalized, Rickrolled after Boston suspects identified

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM   |   Comments

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April 19 (UPI) -- Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who moved to the U.S. after briefly living in Chechnya. Both brothers were legal residents.

Tamerlan was shot early Friday morning and Dzhokhar remains at large. An ongoing manhunt has Boston on lockdown, with one MIT police officer dead.

Reports indicated the brothers were from Chechnya, a long-disputed, predominantly Muslim territory in southern Russia sought independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and then fought two brutal wars with Moscow, according to The New York Times.

In light of this information, the Wikipedia entry for Chechnya became a target for vandalism. One user brought out an early internet meme and "Rickrolled" the page, uploading an image of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up" rather than the full video.

Another vandal repeatedly edited the page with the same message before administrators changed the article's protection level. It was briefly closed to non-admin users, but is currently under semi-protection, so registered users may edit.

"YOU LIKE TO SMELL YOUR OWN FARTS, IT'S OK, WE ALL DO, JUST ADMIT IT, DON'T BE SHY! NEXT TIME YOU BREAK WIND, GO AHEAD, TAKE A WHIFF OF THOSE GLORIOUS FUMES, YOU JUST MIGHT LIKE IT!"

Even with the new attention, the article's traffic so far for Friday, April 19 is less than a third of views on April 4 this year, when a 40-story skyscraper in Grozny, Chechnya was engulfed in flames. The dramatic skyscraper fire took place in the Olympus Tower, the tallest building in the north Caucasus region of southern Russia. The building opened in 2011 and housed luxury apartments and a five-star hotel.

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