Girlfriend of Alleged Tamerlan Tsarnaev Accomplice Arrested in Florida

Tatiana Gruzdeva, the girlfriend of Ibragim Todashev, said she’s going to be deported for talking to the press.

Tatiana Gruzdeva, the girlfriend of Ibragim Todashev—the man shot by the FBI just after allegedly implicating himself and marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham—has been arrested in Florida by Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In a collect call from Glades County Jail, where she said she is being held in solitary confinement, Tatiana Gruzdeva said that immigration officers told her she was being deported because of her interviews with Boston magazine.

The Glades County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Gruzdeva is being held in the county jail.

Gruzdeva, 19, said she had gone to sign work papers at the local immigrations office at 11 p.m. Tuesday. She had been waiting for weeks for the work authorization form that would allow her to earn a living. Instead, she said, she was taken aside and arrested. “They said it’s because of interview,” she said. “I’m in the room by myself,” she said repeatedly, crying.

Gruzdeva gave an exclusive interview to Boston magazine on September 18, in which she shared details of Todashev’s last days before being shot by the FBI. She told of learning of his death in May while being held in solitary confinement by immigration officials, part of a months-long detention. She was finally released in August, her visa extended for a year. She also broke the news to Boston magazine that her friend and roommate, Ashurmamad Miraliev—who had also been friends with Todashev—had been arrested and questioned by the FBI.

The Council on American Islamic Relations then issued a press release condemning Miraliev’s arrest and alleging that the FBI denied Miraliev’s requests for an attorney while questioning him about Todashev for six hours. The arrest, CAIR alleged, was part of the FBI’s systematic harassment of Todashev’s friends.

An ICE representative could not be reached due to the federal shutdown.

  • Kimberly Gibson

    She cannot speak to the press? This is no longer a free country?

    • Thunder

      They gave her a gift, to extendher visa in exchange for a Gag Order. Next time she should keep the terms of her agreement. Or they shouldve just deported her right off the bat. Boo hoo, enjoy mother Russia. Go complain to Her about your Rights

      • John Baxter

        Why would they need a gag order in the first place if the death of Todashev was handled properly. She shouldn’t have had her visa extended unless she was legally entitled to it. They didn’t keep proper watch on Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the first place because they thought as a Chechen his issue was with Russia. They’re watching people but have no alerts related to people looking up how to make bombs online in conjunction with downloading anti American jihadist publications. They messed up here and are trying to flex their muscles now. It’s too little too late. If they are mistreating this woman by holding her for no good reason then it’s shameful they should spend they’re time trying to actually do some intelligence work instead of lazily silencing people who just want answers.

        • Obama_Lies

          Exactly! The FBI got caught lying when they denied a bomb drill taking place and they just got caught doing another drill on the day of the woman allegedly shot in DC! They aren’t telling us the truth on the DC car incident either! Why would they do a drill during a shutdown where they claim that the police that supposedly saved lawmakers are not getting paid? They wouldn’t do a drill during a shutdown unless its to stage a false flag! The never show any pictures of them dragging people from the car! They also are not saying a word about who was sitting next to the professional stunt driver! The FBI were caught in court as being involved with underwear and shoe bombers, 1st WTC bombing and many more! The Boston Bombing is

  • vonlmo

    the circumstantial evidence that the FBI murdered Ibragim Todashev continues……

    • Thunder

      And all the OTHER strong evidence about their involvement in waltham murders Is still as strong as ever… show us Your “evidence” please

      • barbara

        There is no evidence tying either the Tsarnaevs or Todashev to the Waltham murders. You must not have even bothered to look at the reports. Why comment when you know nothing about it?

  • Michelle

    smells like a rat to many

  • barbara

    If this is supposed to make it seem like there’s a terrorist gang being rounded up, nobody’s falling for it. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is now reportedly in solitary confinement without normal access to his attorneys, mail or phone access. When did we trade places with the USSR?

    • Thunder

      You seem all broken up about poor Jokar

  • citizen

    Is Boston Magazine doing anything to assist this woman, or just used her for her story?

    • Thunder

      Why should they?? Weird comment

    • Thunder

      Besides she’s just going HOME where she belongs. There’s no god given right for a Russian to live forever in the US despite what all you self haters think

  • Jane Goron

    What country is this? When media tells us on the news about other countries doing this to people, they make it so we get angry about how bad those countries are to their citizens and others. Well ….. look in the mirror !! We all better be afraid as our rights and liberties are taken away one by one.

  • Patunia73

    We should be most concerned about how our government handles this, regardless if these people are citizens or not. We should not be known for these kinds of tactics. Also, Mr. Tsarnaev is innocent until proven guilty. If the Feds have an airtight case against him, they shouldnt have to stoop to the SAMs tactics to either prevent him from getting a fair trial or to slowly drive him into mental degradation enough to take a plea bargain so that it doesnt matter if they have enough evidence to prove him guilty or not. Not good people. Look at the bigger picture. Ask yourself if this guy werent a Muslim, would you feel the same way? Because you could be next.

  • jurassicpork

    How could she have access to a phone if she’s locked up in solitary, which county lockups generally do not have, btw.