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Category: UK & Europe

April 28, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Key MH17 Figure Identified As Senior FSB Official: Colonel General Andrey Burlaka

In November 2019, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced the broadening of its criminal investigation into the shoot-down of MH17 to encompass the role of individuals within Russia’s military and administrative hierarchy who enabled the tragedy. The JIT made public 23 telephone intercepts from the days before the shootdown, which appeared to prove the…

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April 24, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying FSB’s Elusive “Elbrus”: From MH17 To Assassinations In Europe

Previously in this series: In previous joint investigations with Der Spiegel and The Insider, Bellingcat identified the killer of a Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian-Chechen asylum seeker shot at point blank in Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten last August, as Vadim Krasikov, a 54 year old Russian linked to at least two contract assassinations in Russia. Using metadata…

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April 22, 2020

By Carlos Gonzales

Creating Impact: A Year On Stop Child Abuse —Trace An Object

Europol is currently in possession of more than 40 million images of child sexual abuse from around the world. In June 2017, it launched a crowdsourcing campaign called Stop Child Abuse—Trace An Object. Censored extracts from explicit images are regularly published on their website and members of the public are asked to help in tracing…

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April 21, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Lesbos And The Far Right: A Look By Newsy And Lighthouse Reports

Hatred spreads quickly and can be just as dangerous as any virus. In this joint project between our partners, Newsy, and Lighthouse Reports, groups capitalizing on anti-refugee clashes on Greek islands are noted to have come from many different parts of Europe. What is their ultimate goal? Strengthen the far right in their home countries…

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April 20, 2020

By Pieter van Huis

The MH17 Trial Part 1: New Material From The Four Defendants

As Dutch prosecutors at The Hague court read out their case against four individuals — Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko and Russian citizens Oleg Pulatov, Sergey Dubinsky, and Igor Girkin — being charged with complicity in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) passenger plane, new details emerged about the amount of evidence that…

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April 14, 2020

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Chernobyl Burning? Not Great, Not Terrible

Forest fires rapidly approached the radioactive remnants of Chernobyl’s nuclear reactors last week, raising alarm bells in national and international media over possible consequences. Reactor No. 4 — which melted down on April 26, 1986, causing the worst nuclear disaster in human history — is located near the city of Pripyat, north-west of the country’s…

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April 6, 2020

By Eliot Higgins

Bellingcat Shortlisted for the 2020 European Press Prize for Innovation

The piece ‘Europol’s Child Abuse Image Geolocated in Ukraine: A Forgotten Story Hidden Behind a Landscape’, published by Bellingcat, is on the shortlist for the European Press Prize. During the presentation of this year’s laureates, that will take place on June 11th, the winners of the European Press Prize 2020 will be announced in 4 categories (+ one Special Award).

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April 3, 2020

By Robert Evans

How Coronavirus Disinformation Gets Past Social Media Moderators

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced social media companies to take a more active stance against disinformation. The most striking recent example came on March 31, when Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all banned videos from Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. These videos featured Bolsonaro advising the use of an antimalarial, chloroquine, to treat the novel coronavirus. Charlie…

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March 25, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Coronavirus Disinformation System: How It Works

Besides viruses, what else is terribly contagious? Lies, of course. As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs the world, disinformation associated with the virus has taken on many forms. Whether it’s your uncle sending you a Tom Hanks meme at 4 a.m. or the current occupant of the White House lying about Barack Obama supposedly harming the…

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