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May 22, 2015

By Ruslan Leviev

Three Graves: Russian Investigation Team Uncovers Spetsnaz Brigade in Ukraine

The following post originally appeared on the LiveJournal of Ruslan Leviev, found in the original Russian here. The translation has been provided by Kirill Mikhailov, as found on his website here. Ruslan Leviev’s investigation team is not a part of Bellingcat, but its findings are in line with many of Bellingcat’s published and ongoing investigative reports…

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May 19, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Robert Parry Falsely Accuses 60 Minutes Australia of Using Fake MH17 Evidence

This weekend 60 Minutes Australia aired a segment where they investigated the Buk missile launcher that shot down MH17, using information gathered by Bellingcat to follow the route of the Buk through separatist held territory. As with previous investigations by news organisations visiting the locations Bellingcat identified in our earlier MH17 research the 60 Minutes…

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May 18, 2015

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Next Phase in Bellingcat’s Ukraine Vehicle Tracking Project

In early February, Bellingcat launched the Ukraine conflict vehicle tracking project. The initiative got plenty of attention and positive feedback in the early days, and was most recently highlighted by NPR Idea Lab, thanks to Storybench and Silk. We'll speak to @bellingcat about its Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project https://t.co/iSB5BBowKF pic.twitter.com/szws9omiE2 — BBC Outside Source…

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May 17, 2015

By Chris Biggers

RAF Akrotiri Deployments Update

Recent imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe during April 2015 confirms ongoing deployments to RAF Akrotiri, the UK’s airbase located in Cyprus. The southeast section of the airfield shows several new arrivals probably supporting Operation Shader, the UK’s anti-ISIS effort. In addition to the CH-47 Chinook and C-130J Super Hercules previously reported, imagery shows the Royal Air Force’s…

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May 13, 2015

By Daniel Romein

Tracking the Trailers: Investigation of MH17 Buk’s Russian Convoy

    Now in Russian. The new Bellingcat report, Routes, Destinations, and Involvement of the 2nd and 147th Automobile Battalions in the June and July 2014 Buk Convoys, presents detailed evidence of the involvement of the 2nd and 147th Automobile Battalions in the transport of military equipment through Russia, including the Buk missile launcher filmed and…

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May 5, 2015

By Chris Brace

A Short Piece On UK Election Reporting

Over the past few years there has been a concerted effort among the more right leaning media in this country to portray Ed Milliband as a backstabber here and here Indecisive and dithering here someone hypocritical in their views because although a socialist his girlfriend at the time owned a house that had gone up…

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April 1, 2015

By Peter Jukes

Coulson, Cameron. Brooks: the political element in Phone Hacking

Given the current febrile atmosphere of the election campaign here in the UK, this is worth revisiting. A comprehensive report by the Media Standards trust shows how politically targeted phone hacking at News of the World was – mainly under the editorship of Andy Coulson (the only surviving phone records to confirm hacking date from a…

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March 17, 2015

By Peter Jukes

UPDATED Alastair Morgan to Rupert Murdoch “You are in a unique position to help us finally lay Daniel to rest.”

With considerable speed and grace, on Monday 16 March, Rupert Murdoch replied to Alastair’s letter, promising to co-operate with the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel inquiry, and explaining how News Corp‘s Management and Standards Committee have already complied with requests from the police and the IPCC. Questions about the role of News of the World and…

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