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Category: UK & Europe

September 13, 2016

By Lincoln Pigman

Coercion and Corruption: Following Russia’s 2016 Election Season

Russia’s parliamentary elections on September 18th come at a critical moment for Vladimir V. Putin, whose party, United Russia (Edinaya Rossiya), is losing popular support amid economic crisis. Though Putin himself has remained insulated from national dissatisfaction, United Russia has not, threatening the party’s dominance and Putin’s own interests. After all, it is from United Russia…

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August 31, 2016

By Bellingcat

Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Medals and Treacherous Numbers

The full report can be downloaded here  The war in eastern Ukraine is known under multiple names; most often formulations similar to Ukrainian civil war or Ukrainian conflict are still used to describe the war. The implied characteristic as solely internal Ukrainian conflict is heavily disputed and an active Russian participation is widely accepted. While…

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July 4, 2016

By Askai707

Russia’s 200th Motorized Infantry Brigade in the Donbass: The Tell-Tale Tanks

The following post originally appeared on the Russian-language blog of the author, Askai707. There are three installments to this investigation: Part One, here (EN) and here (РУ), this post, and the final part, “Hero of Russia,” here (EN) and here (РУ). Below is an English translation of the post (translated by Aric Toler), which concerns the…

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June 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

New Google Earth Satellite Update Confirms Presence of Buk in Eastern Ukraine

Today, Google Earth updated its historical satellite imagery to include Donetsk and Makiivka at 11:08am (local time) on July 17, 2014, the day of the downing of Flight MH17. Bellingcat has previously purchased portions of this image, with the Digital Globe catalog ID of 105041001104D000, to show that the Russian Ministry of Defense had doctored its MH17…

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June 15, 2016

By Bellingcat

Russia Ante Portas: Updated Satellite Imagery Shows Border Crossings and Artillery Sites

Google Earth has recently added updated satellite imagery at the Russia-Ukraine border for August 26, 2014, near the height of Russian intervention in Ukraine. These satellite images show the deployment of Russian military vehicles and artillery positions, along with newly-created paths into Ukraine. The timing of this satellite imagery coincides with a major surge in Russian…

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May 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

ISIS Had a Social Media Campaign, So We Tracked Them Down

On Saturday, numerous supporters of ISIS posted pictures on social media from major European cities, displaying messages of support for the group. This social media campaign was in support of an imminent speech from ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. In these photographs, backgrounds of various European cities can be seen, with the intention of, as described…

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May 3, 2016

By Bellingcat

Die verlorene Ziffer – Buk 3×2

Kompletter Bericht:  (DE)      (EN)     (RU)   Im November 2014 veröffentlichte Bellingcat einem Bericht, in dem der Buk TELAR (Startfahrzeug für Luftabwehrraketen), der für den Abschuss von Malaysia Airlines Flug 17 verantwortlich ist, als „Buk 3×2“ identifiziert wurde. Die Identifizierung ergab auch, dass das Fahrzeug von der russischen 53. Luftabwehrbrigade in Kursk stammt. Die…

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