— They say Alexander adopted Islam before his death?
— He thought about it. I came to see him in the hospital and said: “My boy, I lighted a candle for you to St. Sergei Radonezhsky, and prayed for your soul!” And he replied: “Father, I want to be buried according to Muslim traditions.” I said: “Well, son, as you wish. Another Muslim in our family – my daughter is married to a Muslim. The main thing is to believe in the Almighty – there is one God. The main thing is to live according to God’s laws, and not those of the Satan.”
ToL doesn’t quote the first sentence, although it’s not a big deal. The father obviously considers him a Muslim and whether or not he went the whole nine yards and converted or “merely” identified as a Muslim sufficiently to want to be buried with Islamic rites is beside the larger point. That larger point being: how’d a Chechen sympathizer with a rumored history of nuclear smuggling who’s undergoing a religious awakening end up with polonium on him?
Update: A.J. Strata has been pushing the dirty-bomb theory for several weeks now. Just keep scrolling.