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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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April 29, 2017

By Bellingcat Contributor

Russia Tries to Influence Le Pen to Repeal Sanctions

In late March, Marine Le Pen visited Russia, where she had meetings with Vladimir Putin, the Chairman of the Russian Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and Leonid Slutsky’s Committee on International Affairs. Volodin told journalists that he discussed sanctions against Russia with Le Pen. Volodin himself has been sanctioned, he was named by the EU as “responsible for overseeing the political integration of the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea into the Russian Federation.”

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April 27, 2017

By Bellingcat Contributor

Russia Seeks to Influence European Politics Through Youth Wings of Far-Right and Far-Left Parties

Evidence suggests the Kremlin is reaching out to youth organizations, including the youth wings of European parties in order to work on goals such as campaigning to lift EU sanctions against Russia. Other youth groups have been targeted to help boost Russia’s image abroad. While these tactics are reminiscent of Soviet efforts to win the…

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