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July 3, 2020

By Bellingcat Podcast

BellingChat Episode 4 – Return to the MH17 Trial, and More Russian Spy Shenanigans

In this week’s BellingChat, Bellingcat’s Christo Grozev joins us to discuss the ongoing MH17 trial in the Netherlands, our latest investigation linking the FSB to assassinations plots from Berlin to Istanbul, and the latest revelations from the US about the GRU’s Unit 29155’s involvement in placing bounties on US service members in Afghanistan. Related links…

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June 25, 2020

By Christo Grozev

Crisis Actors As Defense Witnesses: Pulatov’s Defense Strategy In The MH17 Trial

Earlier this week, the criminal trial against the four indicted suspects in the MH17 downing continued with the defense lawyers’ requests for additional investigations. The defense team from the Rotterdam law-firm Sjöcrona Van Stigt represents only one of the indicted persons – the Russian citizen Oleg Pulatov – as the three other defendants chose not…

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June 5, 2020

By Bellingcat Podcast

BellingChat Episode 1 – MH17: Past, Present, and Future

In this inaugural episode of Bellingcat’s new regular discussion podcast, BellingChat, Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins talks to Bellingcat’s lead MH17 researchers, Aric Toler, Pieter van Huis, and Christo Grozev, about the MH17 trial, discussing the first court sessions in March, developments in Bellingcat’s MH17 investigations since the March sessions, and what we expect to see…

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April 28, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Key MH17 Figure Identified As Senior FSB Official: Colonel General Andrey Burlaka

In November 2019, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced the broadening of its criminal investigation into the shoot-down of MH17 to encompass the role of individuals within Russia’s military and administrative hierarchy who enabled the tragedy. The JIT made public 23 telephone intercepts from the days before the shootdown, which appeared to prove the…

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April 24, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying FSB’s Elusive “Elbrus”: From MH17 To Assassinations In Europe

Previously in this series: In previous joint investigations with Der Spiegel and The Insider, Bellingcat identified the killer of a Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian-Chechen asylum seeker shot at point blank in Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten last August, as Vadim Krasikov, a 54 year old Russian linked to at least two contract assassinations in Russia. Using metadata…

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April 20, 2020

By Pieter van Huis

The MH17 Trial Part 1: New Material From The Four Defendants

As Dutch prosecutors at The Hague court read out their case against four individuals — Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko and Russian citizens Oleg Pulatov, Sergey Dubinsky, and Igor Girkin — being charged with complicity in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) passenger plane, new details emerged about the amount of evidence that…

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March 10, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

A Post Mortem Of Russia’s Claim That Crucial MH17 Video Evidence Was Falsified

During day two of the MH17 criminal court proceedings in the Netherlands, the prosecution team disclosed that the Russian Federation had challenged the authenticity of a video recording of the BUK Telar, made on 17 July 2014, near the presumed launch site at Snizhne. This video is a crucial piece in the chain of evidence…

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March 9, 2020

By Eliot Higgins

The Impossible Conspiracy Fueling Russia’s MH17 Defence

Ahead of the commencement of the MH17 trials in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020, various Russian government officials have made statements defending Russia against accusations that Russia provided the Buk missile launcher that shot down MH17 on July 17, 2014. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova complained of “planted news citing some…

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