Boston terror suspects uncle was married to CIA officer’s daughter and even shared a home with the agent

By  Katie Davies

PUBLISHED: 18:34 EST, 27  April 2013 |  UPDATED: 00:55 EST, 28 April 2013

 

An uncle of the Boston bombers was previously  married to a CIA officer’s daughter for three years, it emerged today.

Ruslan Tsarni, who publicly denounced his two  terrorist nephews’ actions and called them ‘Losers’, even lived with his  father-in-law agent Graham Fuller in his Maryland home for a year.

Mr Fuller was forced to explain the  relationship today as news of the family link emerged online.

Son-in-law: Former CIA agent Graham Fuller, left, explained his relationship to the two Boston terror suspects' uncle today. Ruslan Tsarni, right, was married for three years to his daughter, SamanthaSon-in-law: Former CIA agent Graham Fuller, left, explained his relationship to the two Boston terror suspects' uncle today

Son-in-law: Former CIA agent Graham Fuller, left,  explained his relationship to the two Boston terror suspects’ uncle today.  Ruslan Tsarni, right, was married for three years to his daughter,  Samantha

He told Al-Monitor that his daughter,  Samantha, was married to Ruslan, whose surname was then Tsarnaev, for three to  four years in the 1990s.

The couple divorced in 1999 more than ten  years after he left the agency in 1987.

‘Samantha was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev  (Tsarni) for 3-4 years, and they lived in Bishkek for one year where Samantha  was working for Price Waterhouse on privatization projects,’ Mr Fuller  said.

‘They also lived in our house in [Maryland]  for a year or so and they were divorced in 1999, I believe.

 

‘I, of course, retired from CIA in 1987 and  had moved on to working as a senior political scientist for RAND.’

He said his son-in-law showed no interest in  the agency or politics but spoke generally about his family in Chechnya.

He said any attempts to portray the  relationship as a link between the security agency and the two terrorists was  ‘absurd’.

‘Like all Chechens, Ruslan was very concerned  about his native land, but I saw no particular involvement in politics,’ Fuller  told Al-Monitor.

‘I doubt he even had much to say of intelligence value other than talking about his own family’s sad tale of deportation from Chechnya by Stalin to Central Asia. Every Chechen family has such stories.’

Nephews: Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could at one time count a CIA agents daughter as their aunt 

Nephews: Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could at one  time count a CIA agent’s daughter as their aunt

Outraged: Ruslan Tsarni made his strong feeling against his nephews actions known in the aftermath of the Boston attacks 

Outraged: Ruslan Tsarni made his feelings against his  nephews actions known to the media in the aftermath of the Boston  attacks

Fuller visited his daughter and her husband  in Bishek, as a former Russian history graduate himself interested in ‘Soviet  minorities’.

He said he may have met the terror suspects’  father, Aznor, there once and his daughter knew the Tsarnaev family when  Tamerlan was a toddler and before his younger brother was born.

‘I for one was astonished at the events, and  to find myself at two degrees of separation from them,’ he added.

Ruslan Tsarni, who lives in Montgomery  Village, Maryland, was thrust into the spotlight as the names of his two nephews  emerged in connection to the Boston terror attack.

He stood on his driveway and attacked the two  men calling them ‘Losers’.

He has since reported a rift between his  family and that of his brother Aznor’s and said his older nephew Tamerlan had  become increasingly extreme in his religious views.

He said he last spoke to him in 2009 when he  declared he was dropping out of school to do ‘God’s business’ and Tsarni was  concerned at his religious fervor.

‘[The bombing] has nothing to do with Chechen  … He put a shame on our family, he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,’  he told broadcasters in the aftermath of the bombings

He also told reporters that Tamerlan had a  friend called Misha who ‘brainwashed’ him.

‘This person just took his brain. He just  brainwashed him completely,’ he said.

FBI agents today said they had tracked down  Misha and believed he had no link to the terror attacks.

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