Their grandparents were deported by Stalin's police in the mass expulsion of Chechens in World War II. Their parents went to the United States from Dagestan in search of a better life. And they became adherents of radical Islam.
This undated image obtained on April 19, 2013 from Russian social media site VKontakte shows an unconfirmed picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston bombings. Dzhokhar, 19, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, had lived in the United States for over a decade but their origins shed light on the experiences that turned the young men into suspected murderers.
The family history of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has shown how the turbulence of the Caucasus region reverberates far beyond Russia's own borders.
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