Report Finds Russia Withheld Information Regarding Boston Bomber

| by Will Hagle

A new report suggests that the Russian government had information regarding the man responsible for the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon that it neglected to provide to American authorities. 

According to Fox News, an inspector general’s investigation found that Russian officials informed the F.B.I. about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s involvement in radical Islam as early as 2011. Russian officials claimed Tsarnaev “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” 

The report acknowledges that the F.B.I. believed Tsarnaev to be a greater threat to Russia than to the United States, but it also claims that Russian officials declined to reveal further information despite several requests by the American organization. 

According to the New York Times, the U.S. government has thus far been unable to find ties linking Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar, the other major suspect in the attacks, to an international terrorism organization. 

Tsarnaev died during an exchange of gunfire with police after the attacks, while Dzhokhar was arrested. The Justice Department has claimed it will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar.