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Will Russia cooperate in marathon bombing investigation?

MOSCOW, Russia — The ethnic Chechen brothers accused of last week’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing may have roots in Russia’s North Caucasus, but Moscow appears eager to distance itself from the investigation even as it leads back to the volatile region.

Although it’s generally believed the Russian government asked the FBI in 2011 to investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two suspects, for alleged Islamic radicalism, Russian law enforcement and security agencies are remaining tight-lipped about the US probe now reportedly focused on the 26-year-old’s six-month trip to the region early last year.

Some experts say Moscow’s muted response is rooted in the authorities’ belief that they have little to gain from cooperating, especially in the sphere of domestic terrorism, which the Kremlin has long considered to be largely under control.

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