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Published on May 1, 2013
Read full story here http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/... William Plotnikov was a promising young Toronto boxer. In 2010, after converting to Islam, he made his way to Russia to fight with an armed Islamist group in Dagestan. He was killed by Russian security forces on July 14, 2012. He was 23. This video was later given to his father.
It shows Plotnikov in the hut he shared with other fighters in the mountains of Dagestan. All the men shown in the video are now believed to be dead.
U.S. authorities are investigating whether Plotnikov may have had links with the Boston bomber, Tamarlan Tsarnaev, also a boxer who developed extremist views and went to Dagestan. Vitaly Plotnikov, William's father, does not believe they knew each other.