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.

Gruzdev told me that she is from Tiraspol, a town in the former Soviet country of Moldova. She had come to America in 2012 on a student work visa, which had since expired. “I said, ‘Come on guys, you cannot do this! You know my visa was expired and you didn’t do anything. And now because you need me and I say I don’t want to help you, you just call to immigration?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, that’s right.’ And they called immigration and immigration came and they put me in the jail.”

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Citizenship Services said that ICE cannot release or confirm any details of an individual detention without a written waiver. Gruzdeva had signed such a waiver, the spokeswoman said, but it had since expired.

For the first week, Gruzdeva told me, she was kept in an immigration detention facility. She was allowed to talk to Todashev every day on the phone. She said he told her that when he had come to find her in the lobby the day she was detained, FBI agents mocked him, saying “Where’s your girlfriend?”

She said the mocking infuriated Todashev. “He said, ‘I want to hit them because I was so mad, why they lie to me? They stole you.’”

Later that week, the facility had a visiting day, she said. Todashev came to see her.

“He kissed me, he hugged me like never, it was so sweet, like always. And he tell me, ‘I will marry you when you get out of here, or in the jail, whatever. If we can marry in the jail, we will marry in the jail.’”

On May 22, Gruzdeva said, she was transferred from immigration jail to a cell in Glades County Jail in Moore Haven, Florida. There, she said, she was placed in solitary confinement.

“I thought I would be released, because I don’t have any crime, I don’t have any charges, I was clear,” she said. She asked why she had been moved. “And they just said, “Oh we cannot tell you, we’ll tell you tomorrow in the morning.”

She did not know it yet, but that was the day Todashev had been fatally shot by the FBI.

The next morning, she said, immigration officers and “other officers” came to her cell.

“They said, ‘He’s dead.’

“I said, ‘That’s not true. I just saw him a couple days ago and I talked with him yesterday. He cannot be dead.’

“They said, ‘He died yesterday.’

“I said, ‘No! I just talked with him.’

“They said, ‘We have a paper, and it says that he’s dead, and you can make a phone call.’”

She called her friend Husain, the one who had introduced them. He told her it was true: Todashev was dead.

“And I’m screaming. I have panic attack. I realize, I realize, he is really dead.” As she told me the story on the phone, she began to weep.

“And everything is flush in my heart, my heart was broken, because me and Ibragim we had a plan, we had a plan to be together, we had a plan to have a family. Yes we were different, we had a different culture, different religion, but it was ok, he tell me, everything will be ok, we’ll all figure it out. But he want to be with me and I want to be with him, we had a plan to have children and everything. And now, he’s not here and we’re not going to be together anymore.”

She said she was so distraught that she was given a sedative.

Gruzdeva was kept in solitary confinement for four more days, she said, before being placed in a women’s dormitory at the same prison.

Finally, on August 8, she was released from custody. She said Ashurmamad Miraliev, a friend of Todashev—the same man arrested on Wednesday—came to pick her up, along with Todashev’s father, Abdulbaki, who had flown to Florida from Chechnya to meet with prosecutors. They drove her back to the house she had shared with Todashev, where he had been killed. “They said, ‘Don’t worry the house is clean and we cleaned everything.’”

Miraliev became Gruzdeva’s roommate, she said, helping her to pay the rent. On Wednesday, the two of them were on their way to visit her immigration officer when they were stopped by the police. “It was police cars, police cars, police cars. Undercover people they just stop us with five police cars.” They arrested Miraliev. “They told me he was in Orange County jail,” she said. “I don’t know why they took him.”

Gruzdeva told me she is waiting for immigration to process a work authorization form she has applied for. “After I have my work authorization and social security I will move to a different state,” she said. “Or maybe different city. Because I cannot be here anymore. It’s too much for me .… It’s really painful every day to wake up now in this house.”

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Below: Video provided by Tatiana Gruzdeva, translated by Asya Calixto

F: Come on
[indiscernible, giggling]
F: Come on, please, put it on 
[he declines]
F: No 
[he declines]
F: But please, why?
F: Do you love me?
M: What does that have to do with it? [he looks at his hands]
F: Please, for me
F: Why are you being difficult?
M: I won’t put it on, I told you [indiscernible] I’m not being difficult
[She giggles]
[He speaks, indiscernible]
F: For me
M: For posterity’s sake?
F: Yes
[He speaks, indiscernible]
F: Yes
F: I’ll turn it off
[He speaks, indiscernible]
F: Come on, just for me, put it on and that’s it [zooms out]
F: Just for a second
F: Do it for me, as a gift
M: That’s no gift, let’s go
F: No, do it for me as a gift, please
F: But honey, come here
F: How about at least this one [shows party hat]
F: Just for a second
F: At least just put it up to your head, I want to see [he puts it on]
F: And now go, ‘lalala’

  • 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!!!