April 30, 2013
The emerging narrative on the Boston bombings and the role allegedly played by the now deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev hinges on a shadowy figured the government calls “Misha.” It is said the red-bearded Armenian Muslim lives in the Boston area, but could not be located by the authorities or the corporate media.
Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers who is allegedly a CIA operative, told the media Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brainwashed by Misha. “It seemed to me that Misha had influence on Tamerlan,” Uncle Ruslan said. “This person just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.”
On Saturday, the FBI claimed it had tracked down the mysterious Armenian. “Two U.S. officials close to the investigation say the FBI has identified an individual believed to be Misha. The officials would not say whether the FBI has spoken to him but say they’ve found no ties to the attack or terrorism in general,” the Associated Press reported.
The FBI statement was followed by an article appearing in the New York Review of Books. “Today I was able to meet ‘Misha,’ whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov,” writes Christian 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. He confirmed he was a convert to Islam and that he had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but he flatly denied any part in the bombings. “I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Allakhverdov said.
Misha, aka Allakhverdov, said he never met the Tsarnaev family who accuse him of radicalizing Tamerlan. Allakhverdov said he is “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.”
The FBI declined to comment.
It looks like the Tsarnaev radicalization meme will now need a major rewrite if the government is going to convince us that the Boston bombing was the result of Islamic radicalization and hatred of the United States. As it now stands, there is no evidence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized by Misha or that his visits to a mosque in the city of Makhachkala in southern Russia radicalized him.
“There is no politics here,” the imam of the mosque on Kotrova Street, Khasan-Khadzhi Gasanaliev, told Time last week. “Our law is Shari‘a. You come here to pray and you leave. Anyone can come here. Nobody will ask you who you are. That is part of Shari‘a…. They are making elephants from flies.”
Gasanaliev told the magazine it is virtually impossible for the mosque to be involved in radical Salafist activities since it is “watched by the security services with a magnifying glass,” according to Time.
The Russian version of the FBI, the FSB, told Time that associating with the Salafi movement is enough to get a Muslim on a counterterrorism watch list in Russia. That’s why Tsarnaev’s visit to the mosque resulted in getting him pegged as a radical Muslim.
With Misha and the Kotrova Street mosque out of the equation, officialdom now insists the Tsarnaev brothers were “self-radicalized,” according to Time. Their “views were shaped by what they saw online and knew of U.S. actions in the Muslim world.”
Tsarnaev’s connection to the Caucasus Fund and the Jamestown Foundation – a documented CIA front (see Tamerlan Tsarnaev Attended CIA-sponsored Workshop) – needs to be examined. The claim made by the Russian newspaper Izvestia that Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Georgia to participate in a workshop will of course be studiously ignored as the establishment plods on its way and clumsily works to portray the brothers as Islamic radicals instead of what they obviously are – patsies like any number of patsies churned out the CIA and set-up for theatrical propaganda value by the FBI.
Now that Misha has failed to pan out as the radicalization source of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the media is pursuing another angle – Makhmud Mansur Nidal, a suspected Islamic insurgent in Dagestan. There will be no need to find Nidal to verify his relationship with Tamerlan because, like Tsarnaev, he is dead.
From The Telegraph today:
The new claims have come from security officials in Makhachkala, the Dagestan capital, where the brothers’ parents moved from the US and where Tsarnaev spent six months last year. According to the report in Novaya Gazeta, Tsarnaev came on to the radar of Dagestan’s anti-extremism unit when he was seen “more than once” with Nidal, 19. A month later, Nidal was killed after he blockaded himself in a house with weapons. He had been accused of being part of a rebel group that organized a twin bomb attack in Makhachkala, killing 13 people.
Tsarnaev’s alleged link to Nidal, who was said to be of Dagestani and Palestinian parentage, was supposedly revealed by William Plotnikov, an ethnic Russian citizen of Canada. According to The Telegraph report, Russian security operatives interrogated Plotnikov in 2012 and discovered his online association with Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Plotnikov will not be available to verify the claims about Tsarnaev, either. He was killed in a battle with Russian security forces last July in Dagestan.
We can now expect a new Tsarnaev radicalization story to gain traction. Unlike Misha, who is alive and living in Rhode Island, the two new culprits purportedly involved in the radicalization of Tamerlan Tsarnaev are conveniently dead.