Dan Epstein, Colgate assistant professor of political science, was interviewed on the New England Cable Network (NECN) and was asked about any possible ties between the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and Chechnya extremist groups.

Epstein spent a lot of time in Russia during his initial research on the country’s politics, post-communist politics, and democratic transition. In December 2011, he commented on the elections in Russia.

In the video below he talks about the power vacuum in Russia and the influence of Vladimir Putin. Watch this for some additional background on Russian politics.