WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Greater Springfield's Russian-American community has expressed outrage over the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings.
The attack allegedly carried out by two brothers from Chechnya, a Russian province.
Kar'en Grigoryan is a preacher at the Russian Evangelical Baptist Church in Westfield.
It's a house of worship attended by more than 800 families. Several thousand Russians reside in the Westfield, West Springfield area.
Grigoryan told 22News, he doesn't know of any Chechnyans living among them.
"Not that I know, that church members possibly are Chechnyan. I don't think they belong to the church, simply because they're Muslims.... I speak Russian but I don't have Russian blood in my bloodstream. I'm Armenian and Ukranian, a mixture, you know it's always tough to judge people like this," said Kar'en Grigoryan.
Serguy Jrivakov of West Springfield also didn't know of any Chechnyans living here in Western Massachusetts. But back in Russia they have a fearsome reputation.
"I mean If you do something wrong, they do something very bad, they might kill," said Serguy Jrivakov.
Mount Holyoke College Professor Stephen Jones, an expert in Russian studies, said he knew of no known Chechnyan population here in Western Massachusetts.