BOSTON, MA. (FOX NEWS) – Russian intelligence officials believe that the Boston Marathon bombings could have been prevented.
After returning from a congressional delegation trip to Russia, Representative William Keating says he received intelligence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was joining a terrorist cell in the southern Russian region of Dagestan.
Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police three days after the April fifteenth bombing.
Which police believe he carried out with his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured alive and remains in custody.
Rep. William Keating / (D-MA) says: "Unfortunately, I think the tragedy here made a difference. There fact that there was pre-existing effort to communicate, it was a breakdown. The fact that the president of the United States and president Putin were on the phone - the referenced that, they said both presidents were on the phone talking to each other, asking each other for help in this regard; the fact that the director of the FBI went over there and met with them there, made a difference. So, it's there, but I also know that it's very difficult when you have two systems that are as different as theirs are, the history of brutality back and forth is something we're not accustomed to here."
Rep. William Keating / (D-MA) says: "(Reporter: "After you went over there, congressman, are you more convinced or less convinced that somebody dropped the ball here?") You know, I like to look forward, because no one has..hindsight is always the clearest vision that anyone has. To be fair, I don't know, and I don't know I some people will ever know just how much the different countries' view of it and the way they deal with this had anything to do with that. I do know this: there was a 2011 letter, March 4th, I believe, and nine months later he was in Russia - after they reached out and had that information. In the course of our discussion, I let off, point-blank, saying that we were told that our law enforcement people asked you for more information, and you never gave it. May be that wasn't the best to way to start out, but I think it got the discussion going. And they said, well, tell me the date of that, tell me who they contacted, because they weren't aware of that."
Congressman Keating says the Russians believed Tsarnaev wanted to go to Palestine and engage in terrorist activities, but couldn't master the language.
They also believe that if Russia and the U.S. had worked together more closely, the bombings could have been averted.
The bombings killed three people and injured more than two-hundred-sixty.