Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly told a Massachusetts newspaper in 2004: "I like the USA".
Speaking after winning a novice boxing match, Tsarnaev told the Lowell Sun: "I like the USA ... America has a lot of jobs. That's something Russia doesn't have. You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work."
According to the 2004 article, Tsarnaev grew up in Grozny, Chechnya, and moved to the US with his family in 2003.
Detectives in Boston are looking further afield as they piece together their case against Marathon suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.
The uncle of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev described his recent visit to Dagestan in Russia and his great shock at the attacks.
Both men were enrolled in a school in Dagestan, a neighbouring region that was drawn into Chechnya's violence during the 1990s.