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Tamerlan Tsarnaev sought to rename himself after militant
Tamerlan Tsarnaev sought to rename himself after militant

WASHINGTON — Less than three months before the Boston Marathon bombings, a bitter, frustrated Tamerlan Tsarnaev visited a federal immigration office in the Boston area and signed forms seeking to legally change his first name. Eager to recast himself in the model of a well-known rebel figure killed by Russian forces in 2009, Tsarnaev chose as his new name "Muaz," according to a previously undisclosed Homeland Security Department petition form, which was obtained by The Times. It was not only a tribute to Emir Muaz, a celebrated fighter in Russia's Dagestan republic, it was also the nickname rebels had given Tsarnaev during his six-month visit to the region in 2012, law...

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