Tulsa, Okla. - The search for the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has now put a spotlight on Chechnya, the Russian republic they're originally from.
KRMG News talked to Jim Robbins, an editor for the website Rare and an expert on Chechnya.
Robbins says Chechnya has had many violent conflicts with Russian leadership but has no reason to harbor any ill-will toward the United States.
"I doubt it had anything to do with Chechen independence," he said. "It probably had a lot more to do with the kind of things that motivated Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaida
He said Chechens are typically not connected to radical Islam, but he says it's not unheard of.
"There have been Chechens who have been attracted to the radical Islamist ideology," he said. "Chechens have been part of Al-Qaida, they've been present in Afghanistan and Iraq, for example."