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Russian official: FBI careless with Boston suspect intelligence, could have prevented bombings

MOSCOW (AP) - A senior Russian official says the Boston Marathon bombings could have been prevented if American officials had followed through with Russian intelligence.

The Interfax news agency quotes the speaker of Russia's senate as saying Moscow warned U.S. officials about bombing suspects Tamerlan (TAM'-ehr-luhn) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), but the information "was not taken seriously."

Until now, officials have stuck to President Vladimir Putin's statement that Russia had no information that could have prevented the attacks.

But Valentina Matvienko made the remarks after a meeting with Britain's ambassador to Russia. She is the longtime governor of Putin's hometown of St. Petersburg and considered a close Kremlin confidante.

Russia told the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had plans to join insurgents in Chechnya. The agency did a cursory investigation and closed its assessment on Tsarnaev.

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