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Report: Tamerlan Tsarnaev sought ‘Protocols’ copy

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April 24, 2013 | 7:54 am

Still-frame from surveillance camera video footage that was gathered and later released to the media and public by the FBI in investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Still-frame from surveillance camera video footage that was gathered and later released to the media and public by the FBI in investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the slain man suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing with his younger brother, told a relative he was seeking a copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Elmirza Khozhugov, who was married for a time to Tsarnaev's sister, Ailina, told the Associated Press in an interview published Tuesday that Tsarnaev had been radicalized by a Muslim convert whom he named as Misha.

Tsarnaev started visiting conspiracy websites, Khozhugov said, and was seeking a copy of the Protocols, a notorious Tsarist forgery positing world control by a Jewish cabal.

Federal authorities have charged Tsarnaev's younger brother and alleged accomplice, Dzhokhar, with a weapons of mass destruction charge for alleged role in planting the bombs that killed three people and wounded scores in last week's marathon.

The elder Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout last Friday, but not before a policeman was killed during a day-long chase. It is still not clear what motivated the attacks.

The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens, a persecuted minority in Russia.

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