‘Misha’ being accused by Tsarnaev family of radicalizing eldest son
WEST WARWICK— A man who was accused of mentoring the two Boston bombing suspects was traced to an apartment in West Warwick, where he lives with his two parents.
According to the New York Review of Books, Mikhail Allakhverdov, known as “Misha,” was accused by the Tasrnaev family of radicalizing Tamerlan, the oldest of the bombing suspects.
The 39-year old man of Armenian-Ukrainian descent currently lives in an apartment at 58 River St., West Warwick with his two elderly parents.
At the apartment on Monday however, nobody answered. A neighbor from up the hallway said the family has not been home and she was not sure if they would return.
Allakhverdov told the New York Review of Books that he did convert to Islam and had known Tamerlan but “I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this.”
He said he knew Tamerlan in Boston where he lived three years ago, but had not contacted him since moving.
Allakhverdov was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; he turned over his computer and phone.
According to an Associated Press report, investigators found no evidence to tie Allakhverdov to the Boston bombings.
On Monday afternoon, Richard Nicholson, a lawyer representing Mikhail’s father, Yuri, arrived at the apartment complex.
He told reporters the Allakhverdov parents were nervous, “and that’s why I came to the residence today.”
“I told them to go about the normal day and to date, they have answered all the questions that have been asked by the authorities and they are fully cooperating and that’s it,” Nicholson said.
He explained that the mother has a heart condition and is currently under a lot of stress because of all the attention she and her family have been getting.
“I cannot comment on what the connection is with the brothers,” he added. “I expect the authorities will be asking some additional questions but at some juncture they will be closing this part of the investigation.”
The New York Review of Books stated that Yuri, Mikhail’s father, is an Armenian Christian and his mother is Ukrainian. The family left Baku, Azerbaijan in the early 1990s to move to the United States.