In a recorded telephone conversation with his parents in Russia last week, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News reports Tsarnaev told his mother he has been given at least $1,000.
Tsarnaev is allowed one phone call to his parents per month.
Watch: Channel 4 U.K.
“I was just asking him if we can send something to him and he said ‘Mama, do not worry, somebody opened account for me and I already have money,’” Zubeidat Tsarnaev told Channel 4 News.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev said the family has received around $8,000 in support of their son’s innocence as they work to exonerate him.
During the telephone call, Dzhokhar attempts to calm his parents down, telling them he is doing well and eating.
“They are giving me rice and chicken now, everything is fine,” Dzhokhar said.
His mother is heard telling Dzhokhar “Muslims and non-Muslims love him.”
Dzhokhar is currently being held at Fort Devens.
He was captured after a violent shootout and manhunt in Watertown and the surrounding areas.
The second bombing suspect, brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during that shootout.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hospitalized with injuries sustained during the shootout. According to authorities, he left a note in the boat taking responsibility for the bombings.
Tsarnaev’s parents maintain their son has been “set up.”
“The child is in shock, he doesn’t know what happened to him,” father Anzor Tsarnaev said.