I Would Have Stopped Him, 'Misha' Says Of Bombing Suspect

NPR.org
April 29, 2013

by Mark Memmott

The man known as Misha who relatives of the Boston Marathon bombing
suspects have alleged may have turned the elder Tsarnaev brother
toward a radical form of Islam says he did no such thing and would
have tried to stop the attack if he had known about it.

"I wasn't his teacher," Mikhail Allakhverdov (Misha) said Sunday of
Tamerlan Tsarnaev. "If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure
he never did anything like this."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died April 19 of injuries received during a gun
battle with police in Watertown, Mass. His 19-year-old brother,
Dzhokhar, the other suspect, was captured later that day in
Watertown. He is being held at a prison medical facility outside
Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass
destruction. Three people were killed and more than 250 were wounded
April 15 by two blasts near the marathon's finish line. The brothers
also allegedly killed a MIT police officer later that week.

It was writer Christian Caryl who tracked down Allakhverdov. Caryl
writes about their conversation in The New York Review of Books' NYR
blog. According to Caryl:

- "Having been referred by a family in Boston that was close to the
Tsarnaevs, I found Allakhverdov at his home in Rhode Island, in a
lower middle class neighborhood, where he lives in modest, tidy
apartment with his elderly parents."

- "Allakhverdov said he had known Tamerlan in Boston, where he lived
until about three years ago, and has not had any contact with him
since."

- Allakhverdov said he has "been cooperating entirely with the FBI. I
gave them my computer and my phone and everything I wanted to show I
haven't done anything. And they said they are about to return them to
me. And the agents who talked told me they are about to close my
case."

Update at 1:35 p.m. ET. Lawyer Says Misha Is Cooperating With
Authorities:

"A lawyer representing the family of Mikhail 'Misha' Allakhverdov, who
has been linked to one of the men suspected in the Boston Marathon
bombings, said Monday that Allakhverdov had been cooperating with
authorities and had answered all the questions asked of him," The
Providence Journal writes. "Atty. Richard Nicholson spoke briefly
about 12:30 p.m. Monday to a group of reporters who had gathered
outside Allakhverdov's River Street apartment."