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July 17, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

JIT Indictments and Reactions: Analyzing New Evidence Linking Separatists and Russian Officials to MH17

Today, 17 July 2019, is exactly five years since Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down by a Buk missile, fired from territory in East Ukraine controlled by Russian-directed militants. After five years it has become clear that the Buk missile launcher that downed the plane came from Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, and…

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July 16, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Ukrainian Far-Right Extremists Receive State Funds to Teach “Patriotism”

Authored and researched by Oleksiy Kuzmenko, Michael Colborne  Ahead of Ukrainian parliamentary elections on July 21, it is clear from polling data that Ukraine’s far-right groups and their ideas enjoy little popular support among its citizens. Despite this, Ukraine’s government continues to provide funds to notorious far-right extremist groups and their affiliates — including two…

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July 11, 2019

By Alexander McKeever

Afrin: Incidents Of Desecration And Destruction Of Cultural Sites

Soon after the inception of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in January of 2018, reports began trickling out of Syria’s Afrin district detailing the desecration or destruction of numerous cultural sites in the region. Just two days into the operation, airstrikes inflicted significant damage on Ain Dara, a “Neo-Hittite temple…built by the Arameans in the first…

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July 9, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Arrest of Vladimir Tsemakh and Its Implications for the MH17 Investigation

Last week reports appeared online that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) arrested Ukrainian citizen Vladimir Borysovich Tsemakh (b. 4 July 1961) in connection to the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Tsemakh was previously known to have been the commander of an air defense unit in Snizhne, the town nearest to the Buk…

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July 6, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

GRU Globetrotters 2: The Spies Who Loved Switzerland

In the first part of this “GRU Globetrotters” series, Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider teamed up with BBC Newsnight to trace the London movements and potential role of Russian GRU officer Denis Sergeev during the time that the Skripals were poisoned in Salisbury. The research was made possible thanks to telephone metadata which…

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June 28, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The GRU Globetrotters: Mission London

In a series of previous investigations, Bellingcat and the Insider identified the two key suspects in the Novichok poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, and the subsequent poisoning death of Dawn Sturgess. We identified the two suspects, who travelled under the fake identities of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, as Russian military intelligence (GU/GRU) officers…

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June 26, 2019

By b33lz3bub

Lord Of The Flies: An Open-Source Investigation Into Saud Al-Qahtani

Before tuning in via Skype to oversee the murder and dismemberment of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saud al-Qahtani, a high-level adviser to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was best known for running social media operations for the royal court and serving as MBS’s chief propagandist and enforcer. His portfolio…

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June 25, 2019

By Alexander McKeever

Remnants Of The Deiri Opposition: Contention And Controversy In North Aleppo

Since the onset of its direct intervention in Syria, Turkey has struggled to create stability in northern Aleppo. Writing in mid-2017, Aaron Stein and others attributed this to the Turkish development and support of two conflicting security apparatuses; the newly created local police forces and existent militant opposition, as well as local council governance structures…

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