Boston Marathon bombers identified as Russians

Alexander Laskin
Alexander Laskin

Alexander Laskin, associate professor and director of graduate public relations in the School of Communications, is available to offer insight in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.

Officials said that the two suspects are of Chechen origin. Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim territory in southern Russia, is a long-disputed territory.

Laskin, who is originally from Moscow, is available to offer perspective about the Russian Federation, its political, ethnic and religious make-up.

"Russia is one of the most diverse countries in the world with almost 200 different nationalities living within its borders and practicing many different religions," Laskin said. "Although most of the ethnicities live peacefully, Russia has been exposed to violent clashes in its Caucasus region, especially in Chechnya, for the last 200 years. Unfortunately, this conflict intensified after the break-up of USSR."

To speak with Laskin, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.

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