The Magnitsky list was released on or about April 12, 2013. Some Russians were thereby banned from receiving or holding visas to enter the United States. On April 15, 2013, the same day as the Boston Marathon bombings, Russia responded to the Magnitsky list by publishing its own blacklist of Americans banned from entering the country. The Russians justified their revenge list in part by citing unlimited detention of prisoners in the special prison at Guantanamo. On April 30, 2013, President Barack Obama suddenly announced that his administration would re-engage Congress on closing the U.S. military-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay. (Background: “Misha Found?”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 30, 2013)
Could bitter feelings of the Russians ultimately have led to the Boston Marathon bombings? Russia has been furious about U.S.-sponsored NGOs stirring up trouble in Russia. There has been a stand-off between Russia and the U.S. over the Syrian situation too. Alleged bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have a Russian connection.
Or could the Boston bombings have been ordered by imprisoned Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, to make the FBI look stupid?
The 2006 Martin Scorsese film, The Departed, loosely portrays famous gangster Whitey Bulger and a corrupt FBI agent. (A clip from the movie, with actor Jack Nicholson as Irish Mob boss Francis “Frank” Costello, a character inspired by the real life Whitey Bulger, is linked to at top.)
Beginning in 1975, Whitey Bulger served as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As a result, the Bureau largely ignored his criminal organization in exchange for information about the inner workings of the Italian American Patriarca crime family. Beginning in 1997, the New England media exposed criminal actions by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials tied to Bulger. For the FBI especially, this caused great embarrassment. (“Whitey Bulger”, Wikipedia, May 2, 2013)
Bulger went underground and was on the FBI most wanted list for years. After 16 years in hiding, Bulger was finally found and arrested in 2011. Bulger was extradited to Massachusetts and brought under heavy guard to the waterfront federal courthouse. This necessitated the closing of part of Boston Harbor. Bulger has not sought bail and remains in custody. (Ibid.)
Theory: Whitey Bulger contacted the Russian Mafiya and put out a contract. A bombing of the Boston Marathon would embarrass not only the FBI but also state and local law enforcement officials. These were some of Bulgers’ old buddies, back in the day, but now the Irish mobster hated them. It may be that no one was supposed to get seriously hurt, in Bulger’s plan, but the Russian Mafiya had other ideas.