Misha, the man who allegedly radicalized Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been identified as Mikhail Allakhverdov. He reportedly confirmed he was a convert to Islam and that he had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev but denied radicalizing the Chechen refugee. Allkhverdov said, “I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Christian Caryl reports.
A thirty-nine-year-old man of Armenian-Ukrainian descent, Allakhverdov is of medium height and has a thin, reddish-blond beard. When I arrived he was wearing a green and white short-sleeve football jersey and pajama pants. Along with his parents, his American girlfriend was there, and we sat together in a tiny living room that abuts the family kitchen.
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. He declined to describe the nature of his acquaintance with Tamerlan or the Tsarnaev family, but said he had never met the family members who are now accusing him of radicalizing Tamerlan. He also confirmed he had been interviewed by the FBI and that he has cooperated with the investigation:
I’ve 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.
While it doesn’t seem Mikhail Allakhverdov, AKA ‘Misha’ had anything to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, I have to ask whether or not he was an informant for the FBI?