Russian officials expect materials on Tsarnaev brothers from U.S.
"Official documents on Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be received from the U.S. in the next few days," a source in the Russian law enforcement agencies said.
The source said the Russian authorities currently have no official confirmation that Tamerlan Tsarnaev visited Russia in early 2012, as the foreign media reported. The information on the terrorists' connections with the extremist organization Imarat Kavkaza and Doku Umarov, leader of the Northern Caucasus terrorists, has not been confirmed either.
Friends of Tamerlan Tsarnaev suspect him of involvement in a triple murder committed in 2011 in the U.S. city Waltham, informs BuzzFeed portal.
"Back in the days no one would have thought that it was Tamerlan. That murder caused a lot of emotions, we thought that someone else did it," - said Tsarnaev’s friend who named himself Ray.
"Several of my friends who used to don’t talk about it, now think that T.Tsarnaev was involved in the murder committed in 2011," - he said.
According to Ray, he met Tamerlan in 2010. He hasn’t notice that Tamerlan had a feeling of hatred towards other people on religious grounds.
"He had an accent, but I didn’t think about him as a foreigner. He was sociable, but kept a small distance" - said Ray.
Ray and T.Tsarnaev went to the gym together and they were members of the Boston-based hip-hop group FlyRidaz, says BuzzFeed.
Their communication was interrupted after the triple murder. T.Tsarnaev’s friends were surprised when he did not come to the funeral of one of those murdered, his best friend, Brendan Mess.
"Tama (Tamerlane - IF) wasn’t at the funeral, he did not show up then," - said Ray.
On Sept. 2011, Mess and two other men were found murdered in his Waltham, Mass. apartment. Each had been stabbed to death in the neck and their bodies were covered in marijuana, the Daily News reports.
"Those three guys had their throats cut, on their clothes was a lot of marijuana. They were killed by a horrible way. This is not typical for the city Waltham."- said Ray.
The U.S. police believe that in the apartment where the murder was committed, there were two other men. Their identity has not yet been established.
According to Ray, the policemen told him that T.Tsarnaev could be with B.Mess in the day when he was killed.
The surviving suspect's injuries prevent him from communicating as the FBI faces scrutiny over contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011.
The surviving Boston bombings suspect is so seriously injured that investigators may not be able to interrogate him effectively, it was suggested on Sunday, as further questions were raised about the FBI's previous contacts with his dead brother.
The Boston mayor, Tom Menino, told This Week on ABC that he was so seriously ill that agents might never be able to interrogate him. "We don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual," he said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being treated in hospital for a reported bullet wound to the throat and was unable to speak. He was captured on Friday night, a day after a violent gun battle with police that left his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead.
Dan Coats, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee, told ABC: "The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat. It doesn't mean he can't communicate, but right now I think he's in a condition where we can't get any information from him at all."
The Boston police commissioner, Ed Davis, said the brothers had probably planned more attacks, based on the many more unexploded homemade bombs found at the scene of their gun battle on Friday with police. The stockpile was "as dangerous as it gets in urban policing", Davis said.
"We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene – the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had – that they were going to attack other individuals," he told CBS. More explosives may yet be found but te people of Boston were safe, Davis said.
The FBI is strongly refuting a report by Britain’s Channel 4 News that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was contacted by federal agents last week, days after the Marathon bombings and days before he allegedly murdered an MIT police officer.
“The story is false,” a spokeswoman for the agency said in an email response to a Herald inquiry.
In an interview with the London-based station, Anzor Tsarnaev of the Russian Republic of Dagestan claimed his son called his mother Wednesday after the FBI had reached out to him and told her he was being accused by the feds of masterminding the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday.
The father further claimed his 26-year-old son Tamerlan Tsarnaev told the FBI last week, “That’s your problem.”
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva insists that her younger son is innocent and, like so many of the brothers’ acquaintances, claims they were good, courteous kids and model students – especially the younger 19-year-old Dzhokhar. A US citizen who is presently in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, she revealed to Russian TV channel some suspicions of her own.
Her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act.
“They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-year-old Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act! Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!”, said Zubeidat Tsarnaeva in interview with Russian TV channel.
When asked if maybe she didn’t know about some of her sons’ more secret aspirations and dark secrets, she said “That’s impossible. My sons would never keep a secret.”
Finally, she said that if she could speak to her youngest – Dzhokhar, she would tell him, “Save your life and tell the truth, that you haven’t done anything, that this is a set up!”
Russian 'Alpha' Special Forces team veteran and vice president of its International Association, Aleksey Filatov, believes there is more to the case than meets the eye. He emphasizes, firstly, that the origin and religious beliefs of the suspect, along with the specifics of the bombing, have all been carefully pre-meditated and planned by someone within the United States in order to distract the public from the true identity and long-term aims of the actual planners.
“Putting a young Chechen in those shoes was top-notch professionalism in distracting everyone from the true identity and motives of the planner,” he told Russian TV channel.
RT also spoke to the wife of the Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle, Patimat Suleimanova, who stressed that the elder Tsarnaev brother, Tamerlan, was not a religious fanatic.
“Tamerlan wasn’t a religious fanatic," she said.
“He was curious about religion. He started to be really interested in Islam about three years ago, but he was never a radical. We would talk about his commitment to religion, but it wasn’t extreme.”
Previously it was reported that the FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder brother, in 2011 at the request of a foreign government to see if he had any extremist ties, but failed to find any incriminating information.
Federal authorities have asked to speak with the wife of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and her lawyer said Sunday he is discussing with them how to proceed.
Amato DeLuca said that Katherine Russell Tsarnaev did not speak to federal officials who came to her parents' home in North Kingstown, R.I., Sunday evening, where she has been staying since her husband was killed during a getaway attempt early Friday.
DeLuca also offered new details on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's movements in the days after the bombings, saying the last day he was alive that "he was home" when his wife left for work. When asked whether anything seemed amiss to his wife following the bombings, DeLuca responded, "Not as far as I know." He said she learned her husband was a suspect in the bombings by seeing it on TV. He would not elaborate.
DeLuca said his client did not suspect her husband of anything, and that there was no reason for her to have suspected him. He said she had been working 70 to 80 hours, seven days a week as a home health care aide. While she was at work, her husband cared for their toddler daughter, DeLuca said.
Katherine Russell Tsarnaev was attending Suffolk University in Boston when friends introduced her to her future husband at a nightclub. Then they married in 2009 or 2010. Russell was raised Christian, but at some point after meeting Tamerlan Tsarnaev, she converted to Islam.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnayev is awake and responding sporadically in writing to questions about other cell members and other unexploded bombs, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Previously officials said Tsarnayev was in no condition to be interrogated.
Tsarnayev, 19, is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he is listed in serious but stable condition, with wounds to the neck and throat area, according to sources.
The bombing killed three, including a young boy, and wounded about 170. An MIT officer was allegedly killed by Tsarnayev and his brother Tamerlan and a Boston transit cop was badly wounded in a subsequent shootout.
The FBI is still collecting evidence from the Monday's blast site, mainly from the sides of buildings and the bleachers.
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