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February 29, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Zaroshchens’ke Revisited: Almaz-Antey’s New Launch Areas

The cause of the crash of MH17 was investigated by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB). In their final report, presented on 13 October 2015, the DSB identified a 9M38 series missile, launched from a Buk surface-to-air missile launcher positioned in an area near Snizhne, as the cause of the crash. This finding has been criticized by Russia. Almaz-Antey, the successor to the original producer of the Buk M1, had already published its own calculations, including a proposed launch area, on 2 June 2015.

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February 25, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Six Takeaways from Today’s Dutch Safety Board MH17 Response

On February 25, the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) published responses to questions asked by the Dutch Parliament on February 4 and 10, along with its response to a letter written by Oleg Storchevoy, the Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency. Many of the questions posed by the Dutch Parliament concern the air traffic control primary…

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February 23, 2016

By Daniel Romein

MH17 – Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade

The report can be downloaded here  This report, MH17: Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, presents information regarding the Russian brigade that we believe provided, and possibly operated, the Buk-M1 missile launcher that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. In this post, we will summarize the role of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade and “Buk…

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February 23, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Deploys Additional S-300 at Polatsk near NATO Borders

Left: DigitalGlobe imagery of the S-200 site in Polatsk dated April 2015 / Right: September 2013 Belarus has partially converted the S-200 surface-to-air missile site at Polatsk to support the highly capable S-300 system, commercial satellite imagery reveals. As NATO beefs up contingency planning for the Baltic States in order to deter any potential aggression,…

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January 27, 2016

By Aric Toler

A Ferrari for a 13-Year-Old Boy: OSINT Methods in a Ukrainian Corruption Investigation

On January 23, the 112 Ukraine television channel aired an investigation into a former Ukrainian prosecutor who, among other things, reportedly purchased a Ferrari for his 13-year old son. This former prosecutor, Aleksandr Nikolayevich Bondarenko (Oleksandr Mikolayovich in Ukrainian), was appointed during the years of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency in Ukraine, and was lustrated in late 2014. Bellingcat…

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January 16, 2016

By Askai707

Russia’s 200th Motorized Infantry Brigade in the Donbass

The following post originally appeared on the Russian-language blog of the author, Askai707 Below is an English translation of the post (translated by Aric Toler), which concerns the direct open source evidence regarding the participation of the 200th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade (military unit 08274) in the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the summer and…

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January 7, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Adds New SAM Revetments on Polish Border

Belarus has constructed new surface-to-air missile revetments since 2014, a review of commercial satellite imagery reveals. DigitalGlobe space snapshots from 2014 show new ‘C’ shaped drive-through revetments at two existing S-300 sites near the Polish and Lithuania borders. The expanded sites could provide prepared firing positions for jumped Russian units or potentially future Belarusian S-300 units….

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December 27, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian Airbase in Belarus Remains in Limbo

Plans for a Russian airbase in Belarus which could host between 12 and 24 fighters remain in limbo, despite Putin giving the go-ahead in September. A high level meeting in Moscow earlier this month between the countries’ leaders offered no signs of forward movement. [1] In fact, in the face of growing pressure from Moscow, Lukashenko has resisted…

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December 10, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Fraud, Russian Interests Overshadow France’s National Front

France’s far-right National Front calls for French unity and strength. But the party’s history reveals a much deeper web of foreign interests and fraud, which threaten to compromise its entire doctrine. By Jett Goldsmith Marine Le Pen’s French far-right party, the National Front, has experienced its most successful period in party history. Regional elections placed…

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