Mother of Volgograd bus bomber says daughter put on hijab after marrying ethnic Russian man

Naida Asiyalova, the woman who set off a bomb on a bus in Russia's southern city of Volgograd on October 21, broke off almost all contact with her family after marrying Muscovite Dmitry Sokolov, who sided with militants in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, Asiyalova's mother, Ravzat Asiyalova, said in an interview published in the Izvestia newspaper on Tuesday.

Naida Asiyalova, the woman who set off a bomb on a bus in Russia's southern city of Volgograd on October 21, broke off almost all contact with her family after marrying Muscovite Dmitry Sokolov, who sided with militants in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, Asiyalova's mother, Ravzat Asiyalova, said in an interview published in the Izvestia newspaper on Tuesday.

"She rarely called us because I always scolded her. She was totally normal when she was married to a Turkish man. Then they divorced. She remarried, this time to an ethnic Russian man. After that, she began wearing a hijab and praying. I do not like hijabs. I always told her to take it off. She did not call me because she did not want to listen to me and did not want to upset me. Her hijab and convictions were a constant source of arguments between us," Ravzat Asiyalova said.

Ravzat said that she had never seen her daughter's Russian husband and did not know their most recent place of residence.

"She told me that [they lived] in Makhachkala. But she refused to tell me what they did for a living no matter how often I asked her about it," the woman said.

Ravzat said she was not aware of any campaign to raise money to pay for her daughter's medical treatment.

"Her stomach was hurting because she wanted to lose weight and was constantly taking weight-loss pills. I know nothing about any money. There was nothing serious about her condition. At least, she told me nothing about it," she said.

Ravzat said that she had learned of the terrorist attack staged by her daughter from the Internet.

"I am now on my way to the Investigative Committee in Makhachkala. I have nothing more to add. I am just a mother. I do not know why she did it. Who can tell me this now?" she said.

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