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Ole Miss professor reacts to Boston bombings

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 4/19/2013 10:54 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA)--The world's attention is focused on the Cechnyan born suspects who are allegedly responsible for the Boston marathon bombings.

Christian Seller is an associate professor in the Department of Public Police Leadership at Ole Miss.

The Italian-born professor has two doctorate degrees and an expertise in Central Eastern Europe, and the transformation of the former Soviet Union after 1991.

He introduced WTVA to a student from Uzbekistan who grew up in that region of the world near Chechnya.

Both men say thatRussians and Chechnyans are distancing themselves as far as they can from the two suspects in Boston.

Professor Sellar says he has scoured Russian media websites. 

"This one is called News. Ru. It says that the leadership of the Chechnya Republic is distancing itself from the perpetrator of the terrorist attack. Saying that those people were not theirs and being educated in the U.S. So they don't represent Chechnyan people anymore," says Sellar.

The student we talked with was born in the Russian Republic of Uzbekistan.

He and the professor admit that there are radical groups in the region that do not like the U.S.

However, he is not sure that the Boston bombers are in any way influenced by any one of them.

In fact, he says the Russian people generally like Americans, but are often exposed to anti-government propaganda by their government. 

"The problem is that many Americans think that Russians or people from that region hate Americans. Americans think they are hated by Russians, but it's not so true," said the student.

Professor Sellar did say that after the fall of Russia-a small minorty of extremist groups moved into southern Russia and Chechnya using money to influence others.
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