WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- The man who Tamerlan Tsarnaev's relative blamed for "radicalizing" the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is cooperating with authorities, according to a lawyer representing the family of Mikhail Allakhverdov.
Providence attorney Richard Nicholson gave a brief statement Monday to reporters camped out in front of the Allakhverdov family's West Warwick apartment.
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"To date, they have answered all of the questions that have been asked of them," said Nicholson, who told reporters he represented Mikhail's father, Yuri. "They are fully cooperating and that's it. There's really nothing more to say."
Mikhail Allakhverdov, who lives in the River St. apartment with his elderly parents, was pushed into the national spotlight Sunday after a blog post in The New York Review of Books identified him as "Misha" - the mysterious figure who last week Tsarnaev's uncle named as his nephew's spiritual mentor.
"This person just took his brain. He just brain washed him completely," Ruslan Tsarni told CNN last week.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva , Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's mother, said "Misha" inspired her family and opened their eyes about Islam.
"He's a very good, devoted, nice man," said Tsarnaeva, who described to reporters how "Misha" influenced her and her son. "I was ashamed that the one who converted [to Islam] was praying in our house while we, the ones who were born [into Islam] weren't even praying. So of course, after he left, we decided it was really embarrassing to be not praying, at least."
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In an interview with the New York Review of Books, the Armenian-born Allakhverdov said he did know Tamerlan when he lived in Boston, but said he had not had any contact with him in three years. He also said he had no knowledge or involvement in the attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260 two weeks ago.
While the FBI would not comment on the ongoing investigation, the Associated Press reported that investigators have said they've found no ties between a person named "Misha" and the attack.
However, Nicholson said the investigation and the media spotlight is taking its toll on the Allakhverdov family. He said he went to the family's apartment Monday in an attempt to relieve some of the stress and anxiety the family is experiencing.
"I told them to go about their normal business," he said.
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