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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 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 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 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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October 20, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

New MH17 Photograph Geolocated to Donetsk

On October 19, 2017, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine, published a new photograph Buk 332, the Russian Buk missile launcher that downed MH17 on July 17, 2014. Buk 332, previously identified by Bellingcat as ‘Buk 3×2,’ is an anti-aircraft missile…

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October 19, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

JIT Publishes New Photograph of Buk 332 from Day of MH17 Downing

Do you have more information about this photograph or the location it was taken? If so, please send information in English, Russian, or Ukrainian to the JIT via their email (contact@jitmh17.com), VK page, or WhatsApp (+31683559290). You can also comment on this article or tweet to us (@bellingcat) to discuss the geolocation of the photograph. Today…

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October 18, 2017

By Eric Woods

The Baltic Way: Sedition, Propaganda and Discontent in Latvia

Stradling itself between Europe’s north and its east, Latvia occupies a unique cultural and geographic space in Europe, finding itself part of German, Swedish, Polish, and Russian empires at different times. This history colors contemporary understanding of the country and its identity, especially in regard to its eastern neighbor – Russia. Latvia has one of…

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October 3, 2017

By Narine Khachatryan

Planet Satellite Imagery Shows Bridge Built by Russians Across Euphrates

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. In late September, Russian media outlets reported that the Russian military built a bridge across the Euphrates River near the city of Deir ez-Zor in Syria. Specifically, RT reported on September 26 that Russian military personnel had managed to build the bridge in fewer than 48 hours, despite constant…

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September 20, 2017

By Aric Toler

Florida Trump Flash Mobs Organized by the Russian “Troll Factory”

On September 20, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that a series of flash mobs in support of Donald Trump were orchestrated by the so-called Russian “troll factory.” This same Russian operation has organized a number of projects over the years, from hordes of commenters leaving pro-Kremlin messages on news articles and blogs, to operating a…

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