New Details in the FBI Shooting Death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev Associate

Ibragim Todashev’s live-in girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva, reveals what happened in the days leading up to the shooting in their Florida apartment.

Ibragim Todashev and Tatiana Gruzdeva

Ibragim Todashev and Tatiana Gruzdeva

  • Boston magazine has learned that Orlando police have arrested a man believed to be a friend of Ibragim Todashev—the Chechen man shot by the FBI in May while being questioned in his Florida apartment in connection with both the marathon bombings and a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham.
  • According to an arrest affidavit obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s office, Ashurmamad Miraliev, 23, originally from Tajikistan, was arrested at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on an Osceola County warrant for allegedly threatening a victim of a crime. It is not known whether this charge has anything to do with Todashev’s death, the bombings, or the homicide case.
  • The affidavit states that Miraliev was questioned by the FBI before being booked into jail and held on a $50,000 bond. Allen Moore, public information officer for Orange County Corrections, said that Miraliev was being held for both the Osceola warrant and a detainer from a federal agency that, by law, he could not name. He did say that the agency was not the FBI.
  • With Miraliev at the time of his arrest was a 19-year-old woman named Tatiana Gruzdeva, who had been Todashev’s live-in girlfriend. She and Miraliev live in the apartment where Todashev was killed.

On Wednesday night, hours after the arrest, I spoke with Gruzdeva on the phone. She described to me the events of the days leading up to Todashev’s killing, which she said she learned of while being held in solitary confinement. “There is a lot of pain in my heart,” she told me, weeping.

In the moments before Todashev’s death, the FBI claims, he implicated both himself and marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the murder of three young men in Waltham on September 11, 2011. One of those men, Erik Weissman, was my friend. My father Norman Zalkind, a defense lawyer, was representing him for a pending January 2011 drug charge.

The FBI has given conflicting accounts of Todashev’s killing, and institutions including the ACLU and the Boston Globe have called for a fuller investigation of the incident.

A few weeks ago, I sent a Facebook friend request to an account in the name of Todashev’s girlfriend, Tatiana Gruzdeva. Until Wednesday, Gruzdeva had not spoken to the press. Her Facebook profile—which is also linked to her account on the European social network—includes dozens of photos and status updates in both English and Russian, and dates back to at least June, 2012. I knew from news reports that Gruzdeva had been held by immigration during the time Todashev was questioned and killed by the FBI. After Todashev’s death, she had been scheduled for deportation, but in August the Globe reported that she had been “mysteriously released” from custody, and that her expired visa had been extended for a year.

On Wednesday night, at 10:41 p.m., my friend request was accepted. We exchanged several messages on Facebook. Soon I found myself on the phone with a woman who told me she was Gruzdeva. She told me it had been only a few hours since the police had arrested her roommate, Ashurmamad Miraliev, and she was shaken. At the time we spoke, no media outlet had reported on Miraliev’s arrest, and his name had never entered the public discussion of the Todashev case. I later independently confirmed Miraliev’s arrest via law enforcement documents and officials; according to Miraliev’s arrest affidavit, he was living at Todashev’s former address. Calls to the FBI, as well as to Gruzdeva’s lawyer, were not immediately returned.

Gruzdeva sent me two photographs—one showing herself with Todashev, another of Todashev alone—as well as a video (posted below) of Todashev apparently taken with a cell phone, in which a woman can be heard speaking to him in Russian. (She also sent me a photo of their cat.)

I identified myself as a reporter, and we talked for a little over an hour, then texted until 1 a.m. At times, she was emotional. She spoke in imperfect English, with a Slavic accent. She said she’d never talked to a member of the press about this. I do not know why she chose to speak to me.

Here is what she told me.

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  • gregorylent

    a culture of vengeance has surfaced in american government

  • Fran

    Nice research. Thanks

  • jawja

    Weird there is so little about why he was arrested; if not FBI, possibly Ice is the fed agency holding. And, after months, still no official FBI report on Todashev’s death. Thanks for keeping at it and getting us some info into what’s happening.

    • Nader

      he was never arrested…

  • Sheep2Slaughter

    The FBI has flipped her!

    • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

      They are trying every dirty trick in the book;
      Proud Government Racketeering Syndicate

      • Sheep2Slaughter

        Trying my foot! Read the “Terror Factory” by Trevor Aaronson if you’d like an inside look at how our infamous FBI manufactures, beyond believe, and quite entertainingly i must add, most of their……….”we are saving America from terroist” cases. Its enough to make you vomit!

  • disqus_l7mldepS2R

    I wonder if that’s what happened then.. They taunted him about his girlfriend, he got mad, and they riddled him with bullets because he was a “threat.” Sigh.
    Do please keep reporting if anything else comes up.

  • 1of WeThePeople

    Yes it’s all the FBI, CIA, ICE, NSA, MFU, URNSO etc. fault. What’s with you people??? You definitely have no connection to Boston. OK so find out from them (THE TERRORISTS) when they want to blow up Americans and our history you can sit next to the knapsack with your Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandparents, Children…. Get it stupid???

    • public_servant_watch

      Quit taking a moron pill before you start your day. Try coffee and turning off your TV and for the love of God stay away from the Boston Globe!!

    • Mona May

      What’s with “us people?” The FBI, CIA, ICE, NSA, MFU, URNSO freaking creepy.

  • kiki davis

    people need to wake up and take notice,with everything our government is doing it won’t be long before were living like Germany under Hitler,do some research…Federal Government purchasing prisons all over the US for-get this….Public Detainment Centers,now why the hell does the government need PUBLIC detainment centers,type it in and read!!!!! DHS has purchased over 7,000 AR-15s and thousands of rounds of hollow points,again…what for? As for this young man,i wish him luck,probably won’t be long until were all reading about how he attacked an officer and they had to put him down,ofcourse the only reasonable way to do that is a bullet to the back of the head.Think your safe still?

  • Mr_R

    Those FBI agents are the lowest forms of life. I want to follow with an imprecation but this is a totalitarian regime we’re talking about here.

  • Roninf9

    There was only one reason for the FBI to assassinate Todashev. He could prove that the Boston Bombing was state sponsored false flag terrorism. The two FBI agents that “fell out of a helicopter” not long after also knew too much.

  • John Washburn

    Has the FBI provided any evidence (e.g. video of Todashev, audio of Todashev, a hand written statement by Todashev, etc.) to support their self -serving claim:

    “In the moments before Todashev’s death, the FBI claims, he implicated
    both himself and marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the
    murder of three young men in Waltham on September 11, 2011.”

  • John Washburn

    They are certainly stonewalling on my FOIA request for camera footage and accompanying audio of the street and event cameras pointing at the explosion sight of the Boston bombing.

    • Nader

      yea something is not right about this.

  • trestradapalma

    All this is rather simple. Obama publicly claimed the right to assassinate American citizens and he is following through with exercising his self anointed privilege. It’s like night of the long knives but during the days as well – pretty much everyday. It’s perfectly legal for a gang of steroid abusing hyped up cops to corner then gun down a women armed with a baby in broad daylight in the nation’s capital.

    There are unlimited ways in which government “officials” can legally murder you and get away with it. Even when they get caught red handed like with Fast and Furious or the Benghazi stand down nothing ever happens to the responsible parties.

    However, the people see what’s going on and I assure everyone they won’t sit by passively forever.

  • Dan Den

    I love this girl’s reasoning: He couldn’t have been involved in the triple homicide. Why? Because she had been living with him for 7 months and they had a cat! That is so absurd, it makes me laugh out loud. Most of the people who have commented here are conspiracy freaks — for my part, I am very glad that that FBI is taking an aggressive approach in this investigation into the Muslim terrorists who murdered three people and then murdered and maimed many more in the Boston bombing. Keep up the pressure, guys!

    • Guest

      you’re an idiot… go back to sleep.

    • Guest

      You might want to do a bit of resear

  • Nader

    This guy was dating a jewish girl… how radical of a muslim could he be? Also, he felt in danger for his life to the point that he had a friend be with him when the police asked for ‘1 more interview.’ Def had his rights violated and i would not be surprised if he had nothing to do with the Waltham murders. The police didnt care about the murders bcuz it involved drug dealers, maybe if they did look into it they would have been able to prevent the marathon bombings. If anything, the bombings was a complete and utter intelligence failure.

    • Dogma

      Excellent question.

  • Bill D

    I’ve listened to the podcast about this and now read the article. While there is a part of me that feels badly for some of these folks I am happy to know that the FBI is casting a wide net and aggressively protecting is from terrorists.

  • DeadNiqqerStorage

    HaHa This Pile Of Sh!t Is Dead 4ever!!!