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Professor of Chechen History Ponders Brief Contact with Boston Bombing Suspect


Brian Glyn Williams heading into the Caucasus Mountains (Photo:

Brian Glyn Williams teaches Chechen history, as a professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

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That's the same college attended by Boston Bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Williams had brief contact with him, when Tsarnaev was a high school student and researching his Chechen roots for a school project.

"I've had a little criticism for providing him with information on Chechnya," Williams says. "But that's like criticizing someone for giving information to an Irish person about Ireland for fear that they might join the IRA. It doesn't make any sense."