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August 29, 2017

By Pieter Van Ostaeyen

From Grozny to Raqqah with Stopover Brussels – The ‘Eastern Contingent’ of Belgian Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Belgian authorities have started to disclose identities of foreign terrorist fighters who weren’t prosecuted yet, forced to do so in order to freeze their assets. Using a law from 2006, they can only impose “specific measures against certain people and entities in the fight against the financing of terrorism” when the names are published in the official journal ‘Belgisch Staatsblad/Moniteur belge’.

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August 28, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

New Objects Identified in Europol’s “Stop Child Abuse” Campaign — Second Update

Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, has asked the help of the crowd in countering child pornography. Despite all their detection methods, they sometimes encounter objects in child abuse footage of which they have no idea what it is or where they are. Following Europol’s call for help, Bellingcat started a crowdsourcing…

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August 19, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

A Spark in the Dark – Scottish Limited Partnerships and the UK Government’s Faltering Transparency Initiative

The government recently announced new legislation to reveal the beneficial owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships.  But this has done little to shed light on the people controlling them. In June 2017, Bellingcat and Transparency International published a joint-report into Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) and their increasing rise in popularity, their use in large scale money…

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July 17, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

MH17 – The Open Source Investigation, Three Years Later

The full report can be downloaded here  Полная версия отчета на русском языке— здесь  Today, we are releasing a report summarizing all major open source evidence surrounding the downing of MH17 in an easy-to-read 73-page survey. This report is broken into thirteen chapters, summarizing the circumstances that led to the downing of MH17, information on the…

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June 24, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Offshore in the UK: Analysing the Use of Scottish Limited Partnerships in Corruption & Money Laundering

Based on joint research between TI-UK and Bellingcat, “Offshore in the UK” provides new insights into how money launderers are abusing Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLPs) – the UK’s own home-grown secrecy vehicle – to move billions of pounds of corrupt wealth around the world. The report identifies how SLPs have become unusually popular in the…

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June 15, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Update on Crowdsourcing Europol’s “Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object” Campaign

Following Bellingcat’s attempt to support Europol’s call for help to identify objects related to child abuse, several objects have been positively identified. Here’s an update. Objects Successfully Identified One of the plastic bags was quickly identified bag from Tesco, a British multinational grocery retailer. Tesco operates in other European countries too, but we assume the company…

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June 6, 2017

By Bellingcat Contributor

Russia Attempted to Influence French and Dutch Elections With Suspect Polls

Introduction Earlier this week, Vladimir Putin denied alleged Russian interference in the French presidential election. But evidence shows Russian state media used dubious opinion poll data in the run up to the French election to promote Francois Fillon, at a time when mainstream polls showed him trailing in third place. Shortly before the French election,…

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June 5, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Pre-MH17 Photograph of Buk 332 Discovered

Since the July 17, 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), Bellingcat has published numerous articles concerning the anti-aircraft missile launcher that downed the passenger plane–Buk 332, of Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade. This Buk missile launcher (TELAR) was previous dubbed “Buk 3×2” due to an obscured middle digit, but after a May 3,…

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June 1, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Crowdsourcing Europol’s “Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object” Campaign

Europol has recently published a request for help from members of the public to identify objects taken from images of child abuse: The most innocent clues can sometimes help crack a case. The objects are all taken from the background of an image with sexually explicit material involving minors. For all images below, every other…

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