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Category: UK & Europe

October 21, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

How to Mainstream Neo-Nazis: A Lesson from Ukraine’s New Government

On October 13, photographs started circulating across social media showing a man resembling Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk on stage at the “Veterans Strong” concert event in Kyiv. This was, however, no ordinary concert — it was organized by a far-right figure accused of murder, and headlined by a neo-Nazi band.  As later posts throughout…

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October 14, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Skripal Poisoner Attended GRU Commander Family Wedding

In a series of investigative reports in 2018 and this year, Bellingcat and its media partners disclosed the existence of an elite unit within Russian military intelligence (GRU) engaging in clandestine overseas operations. This unit consists of approximately twenty graduates of elite Russian military schools, most having received hands-on combat experience in the wars in…

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October 1, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Smash and Grab – The UK’s Money Laundering Machine

In 2017, Bellingcat and Transparency International UK published their joint report, “Offshore in the UK”, describing the phenomenon of Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) and their use as a mechanism in global money laundering scandals and a range of illicit activities. Since then, SLPs have continued to be implicated in further scandals, perhaps most notably the Azerbaijani Laundromat, a scheme where $2.9 billion was laundered through UK companies.

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September 27, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

New Evidence Links Russian State to Berlin Assassination

Joint investigation by Bellingcat, Der Spiegel, the Insider and the Dossier Center. In the first part of this joint investigation, we disclosed that the assassin of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili detained by German police traveled on a valid Russian passport issued under the fake identity of “Vadim Sokolov”. We concluded that the usage of a validly issued…

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September 11, 2019

By Carlos Gonzales

Europol’s Child Abuse Image Geolocated In Ukraine: A Forgotten Story Hidden Behind A Landscape

Research by Carlos Gonzales, Daniel Romein, Timmi Allen and “Bo” The following report contains reference to a child modelling studio producing child sexual abuse material in 2001. All names related to the studio are fictitious. The original source did not contain any explicit material. All the images accessed and used during the investigation were already…

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September 10, 2019

By Aric Toler

Murdered In Montenegro, Or Living In Suburban Virginia? Unraveling The 2017 American Spy Story

On September 10, 2019, CNN reported that the United States helped a Russian government official flee after working as a spy for American intelligence in 2017 — all reportedly due to concerns regarding President Trump and his administration’s handling of “classified intelligence”. The CNN report was sparse on details, but it was enough to identify…

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September 4, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

The “Hardcore” Russian Neo-Nazi Group That Calls Ukraine Home

Written by Michael Colborne with contributions from Oleksiy Kuzmenko They’re devoted to a brand of neo-Nazism so blatant, including openly glorifying Hitler, that even its leader admits is too “hardcore” for the public space.  Wotanjugend, which its founder described in 2016 as an online “mini-university for supporters of right-wing ideology,” has praised far-right terrorists like…

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September 3, 2019

By Christo Grozev

Lega Nord’s Bedfellows: Russians Offering Illicit Funding to Italian Far-Right Party Identified

In a previous joint investigation with BuzzFeed News and the Insider, Bellingcat disclosed the inordinately frequent travel of two Italian politicians from the close circle of the head of Italy’s far-right party Lega Nord, and self-styled “Italian Trump” Matteo Salvini. As previously reported by Italian media and BuzzFeed, one of the frequent travelers and advisers…

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