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January 5, 2018

By Aric Toler

The Kremlin’s Shifting, Self-Contradicting Narratives on MH17

Just a few hours after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), the circumstances that caused the tragedy came to light: a Buk-M1 Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system was fired by either Russian-led separatists or Russian forces from an area near Snizhne, Ukraine, leading to the death of 298 civilians aboard the passenger plane. Over…

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January 4, 2018

By Christiaan Triebert

New Objects Identified in Europol’s “Stop Child Abuse” Crowdsourcing Campaign — Third Update

Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, asks the public for help in countering child pornography. Despite all their detection methods, they sometimes encounter objects in child abuse footage of which they have no idea what or where it is. You may be able to help identify these objects and places. Bellingcat started…

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December 26, 2017

By Aric Toler

Details on Newly Uncovered GRU Online Personas

On Christmas, Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post published two widely shared reports on GRU (Russian military intelligence) activities in creating fake profiles on social networks, along with “astroturfed” political activist groups. The first, longer article, entitled “Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options,” was written by Nakashima along with Greg Jaffe and…

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December 22, 2017

By Syrian Archive

Bombing Civilians at Public Market in Syria’s Atarib

This article was collaboratively written by the Syrian Archive Team and Bellingcat Investigation Team Location: Atarib (Aleppo governorate, Syria) Claimed targets: Public market and police building Date: 13 November 2017 First airstrike: ~14:07 local time (UTC/GMT plus 2) Second airstrike: ~14:12 local time (UTC/GMT plus 2) Attacks: 3 alleged airstrikes, 6 thermometric bombs Reported killed: 69 killed…

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December 20, 2017

By Aric Toler

British Intelligence Report Confirms Russian Military Origin of MH17 Murder Weapon

Today, December 20, the British Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament published its 122-page annual report. This report covers a wide range of topics, including cyber security, the status of the UK’s international relationships, the threat of foreign fighters, and so on. However, one almost anecdotal detail in the Russian objectives and activity against UK and…

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December 18, 2017

By Narine Khachatryan

Open Source Overview of the November 21-22 Tbilisi “Anti-Terrorist” Operation

On the evening of November 21, the special forces of Georgia’s State Security Service began an “anti-terrorist” operation in Tbilisi’s Isani District that would turn into a nearly day-long armed standoff with a group hauled up in an apartment in a residential building on the district’s Gabriel Salosi Street. During the operation, which started at…

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December 8, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Russian Colonel General Identified as Key MH17 Figure

Русская версия этого расследования опубликована изданием The Insider. Along with The Insider, McClatchy DC Bureau was an investigative partner. Read their article here. A joint investigation between The Insider and Bellingcat used open source research, investigative journalism, and forensic voice analysis to determine the identity of “Delfin,” a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team…

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November 14, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

The Russian Ministry of Defence Publishes Screenshots of Computer Games as Evidence of US Collusion with ISIS

On the morning of November 14th 2017 the Russian Ministry of Defence published multiple posts in Russian, Arabic, and English on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, claiming to show “irrefutable evidence” of collusion between the US and ISIS combat units: Unfortunately for the Russian MoD, eagle-eyed Twitter users immediately spotted some problems with the images….

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November 14, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How the British Government’s Attempts to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering are Already Failing

On 19 August 2017, Bellingcat published an article regarding the new Persons of Significant Control (“PSC”) requirements introduced by the government, intended to deter the owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) from using the vehicle’s unique opaque structure as a means to conduct criminal activity.  Subsequently, as reported by the Guardian and the OCCRP, SLPs…

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