JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After investigators revealed the two suspects in the Boston bombings may have ties to Chechnya, the small province of Russia is now under the microscope.
Chechnya is located right above the country of Georgia in the southwestern portion of Russia.
Former Florida State College history professor, Matthew McCluskey, has traveled to Russia and the surrounding areas numerous times.
According to McCluskey, Chechnya is a hostile place to visit.
"When the Soviet Union fell it was comprised of 16 republics those republics broke away. They were provinces inside the Russian Federation that tried to use that to break away, Chechnya was one of those," said Mattew McCluskey, former FSCJ history professor.
According to experts, Chechen terrorists have had a history of attacking civilians.
"Probably the most famous is the Moscow bombing in 2002. There were 50 terrorists that took around 900 people hostage in Moscow," said McCluskey.
More than 100 hostages died in that attack.
Why two brothers with possible links to Chechnya would attack the United States is still not clear, but according to McCluskey the Chechen plight for independence may not be the real motive behind the bombings.
"Just looking at the case, I think you see gentlemen that moved over here and became radicalized for some reason," said McCluskey.