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Category: UK & Europe

July 4, 2020

By Yordan Tsalov

Russian interference in North Macedonia: A View Before the Elections

This article was contributed by Yordan Tsalov as a series of analytical reports titled “Kremlin’s Favorites in Europe”, with the support of Journalismfund.eu. Serious questions are raised by international observers about the reliability of the newest member of NATO and EU candidate, North Macedonia, while the country is heading towards its general election on July…

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June 29, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

FSB’s Magnificent Seven: New Links between Berlin and Istanbul Assassinations

On 23 August 2019, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian asylum-seeker of Chechen origin, was assassinated on his way back from Friday mosque service in a park near Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten. The killer had been captured by German police after running away from the murder scene on a bicycle, and after two teenagers saw him dispose of…

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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 23, 2020

By Bashar Deeb and Leone Hadavi

Masked Men On A Hellenic Coast Guard Boat Involved In Pushback Incident

Introduction In recent months, disturbing reports have emerged of unidentified masked men on high speed launches harassing or attacking boatloads of asylum seekers in the Aegean. Witness testimony gathered from multiple sources has described a string of incidents where these launches, known as Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), have approached vessels carrying men, women in…

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May 18, 2020

By Foeke Postma

Military And Intelligence Personnel Can Be Tracked With The Untappd Beer App

Surprise! The beer-rating app Untappd can be used to track the location history of military personnel. The social network has over eight million mostly European and North American users, and its features allow researchers to uncover sensitive information about said users at military and intelligence locations around the world.  For people in the military, neither…

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May 8, 2020

By Nick Waters

The Killing of Muhammad Gulzar

Today, in collaboration with Lighthouse Reports and Forensic Architecture, with reporting from Der Spiegel, and research from Pointer and Sky News, we release an investigation which demonstrates that Greek security forces likely used live rounds on 4 March 2020 against refugees and migrants trying to break through the Turkish-Greek border fence. We identified seven people…

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May 5, 2020

By Christo Grozev

Who Is Dmitry Badin, The GRU Hacker Indicted By Germany Over The Bundestag Hacks?

On 5 May 2020, German media reported that Germany’s Federal Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant against Russian citizen Dmitry Badin, the main suspect in the 2015 hacking of the German Bundestag. What Was The 2015 Bundestag Hack? In April 2015, members of the German parliament as well as members of Merkel’s Bundestag office, received…

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