A U.S. official said on Saturday that the FBI has located Tsarnaev’s friend Misha, but found no evidence connecting him with the bombing. Allakhverdov told The New York Review of Books:
“Misha,” the friend said to be key to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s radicalization, has finally been tracked down, but he doesn’t quite fit the ominous image of the bald, red-bearded 30-year-old convert to Islam who claimed to be an exorcist who could talk to demons.
Seems that this smoke screen worked for a few days, giving Tsarni and Fuller time to move assets in Dagestan, which apparently FSB has just struck: Russian Security Forces Kill Two Suspected Rebels in Dagestan:
In a statement, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee said that security forces stormed the home of two men believed to be members of a criminal gang based outside of the city of Kizilyurt after the men opened fire on the police with automatic weapons, the Interfax news service reported.
The police identified one of the men as Shakhrudin Askhabov, who they said was behind a series of deadly attacks against police cars and local stores last fall who was known as “the bomber.”
Another more likely link for Tamerlan’s extended network is William Plotnikov – Canadian boxer linked to Boston bomber. Abu Dujan was also killed outside of Kizilyurt, Dagestan by FSB Security Forces shortly after Tamrlan’s last visit.