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Right now there are new questions about how deceased bombing suspect -- Marlins are nine have.
Spent his time overseas in a hot -- of jihadist activity.
We know -- -- -- have for months visited the Russian republic of Dagestan right next to another volatile region in Russia the caucuses.
Meantime a Russian report says there was online communication between -- and I have.
And this man a boxer and Muslim convert who reportedly fled Canada.
And died battling Russian security forces fox has not been able to independently confirm this report.
Just within the last hour though we did learn that secretary of state John Kerry will meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin tomorrow in Moscow.
One would presume the Boston terror investigation along with Syria's civil war would be part of their conversations.
Glenn Howard is the president of the Jamestown Foundation and a regional expert on the caucuses.
And Central Asia mr.
Howard thanks for joining us today.
Thanks for having what would be your question to Vladimir Putin if you were meeting him tomorrow about this case.
Well the first thing I would be asked him as well what did they exactly know about -- once or knives.
Times is seven months that he spend in inside of Russia particularly in -- -- on what was he doing.
The next question I would ask is -- did the Russians have him under surveillance during that time and what did they know about it.
The other part is that I'd like to know is -- in the Russians if you was traveling there and under suspicion.
And the FBI been alerted about and why did the Russians arresting or even even detain him during the seven months that he lived inside of Russia particularly in -- -- -- It's an intriguing question and begs a lot of answers and some very important for us to know what's going on in developed.
More answers to this many of these -- result riddles of what what he was doing in Russia during that time we do know that he became radicalized.
After he left Russia.
So that's we start posting a lot of -- there's things on line.
But the larger question for the United States' missile issues and February.
Of next year we're going to be sending 3000.
Western athletes will be going to -- to the north caucuses.
This is a hotbed of regional -- instability in Russia and north caucuses.
And you have 500000 western athletes traveling to that region.
In this part of the roster that is a major hotbed of -- not.
Of instability and -- you say this could be the most dangerous Olympics in forty years but back back to the surveillance question I mean the Russians did alert the United States to keep an eye on this guy was that before or -- are you know during the time he was.
He was in Russia -- reported that warning come after he had come home.
-- that was before in 2011.
And in the FBI followed up with 33.
Queries where they were asking the Russians for additional information.
But there was only silence.
So then when we know that he went to Russia after that period so -- was on the Russians radar screen.
Why didn't they put him under surveillance why didn't what did they know is -- didn't they stop for detaining it sounds like you don't fault the FBI for dropping the ball you're saying the Russians didn't come through.
I that's where I would ask a lot of questions there's a lot of and resolve the issues here.
I think the fact that they're trying to discuss what and whether he met some dead militants.
During that period of time inside of dog -- -- is important because you got to remember.
Any westerner travels to that part of Russian doctors found particularly is put under what under the Russian intelligence services that put -- -- surveillance.
So they're putting westerners and Americans under surveillance and this -- already on the radar screen.
What did they now why didn't they detained during that time it's -- it's a very important question I think needs to be answered.
One of the bigger questions you have is about the number of Chechens who have left that war torn region you say they are ripe for recruitment to be the kind of terrorists that several -- -- and I have turned out to be.
What say most of the Texans that have left that checks your living in Western Europe and the majority objections that that -- left that war.
Are not like this are not as -- they don't have this type of hatred hostility towards the west.
Like this -- knives it's it's it's an anomaly most Texans really love the United States and have a -- -- but there's.
They're made enemies always been Russia so this is why what happened what concern I have is this is is very bizarre.
Currently it's an interest in question we've we know you are both you know scholar on this in this area.
Also fluent in Russian I'm Glenn Howard.
From the from the Jamestown Foundation Glenn thanks for joining us thanks for having me.
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