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Category: UK & Europe

December 6, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying The Berlin Bicycle Assassin: Russia’s Murder Franchise (Part 2)

In the previous part of this investigation, we identified the assassin of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili as Vadim Nikolaevich Krasikov, a 54-year old Russian citizen traveling with state-issued false identity papers. Khankoshvilli, an ethnically Chechen Georgian citizen who had fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War and was linked to Georgian military intelligence, was shot and…

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December 3, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying The Berlin Bicycle Assassin: From Moscow to Berlin (Part 1)

In its previous joint investigations with Spiegel, The Insider and Dossier Center, Bellingcat has reported that the person held by German authorities over the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin traveled from Moscow to Germany under a fake identity. We established that the suspected assassin’s passport, issued under the name Vadim Sokolov, born 20 August…

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November 29, 2019

By Benjamin Strick

Dangerous Goods: Tracing European Arms Used in Oppression and Human Rights Violations

European arms have played a significant role in almost every conflict across the globe. Since 2018, a Bellingcat collaboration has documented, using open source, how European countries and companies have breached their own, and international, laws dozens of times.  Through the EU Arms Project, a Bellingcat and Lighthouse Reports collaborative initiative, we have documented where…

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November 23, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Dreadful Eight: GRU’s Unit 29155 and the 2015 Poisoning of Emilian Gebrev

In a previous investigation, Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider reported on the presence of a senior GRU officer, Denis Sergeev aka “Sergey Fedotov”, in Bulgaria at the time when a Bulgarian arms manufacturer collapsed into a coma following what was identified as poisoning by an unknown neuroparalytic substance. At that same time, the…

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November 13, 2019

By Eliot Higgins

Open Letter: Regarding Unfounded Allegations Against Bellingcat From Ukrainian MP and Former Minister

The open letter can be downloaded here On November 11, Ukraine’s former Minister of Veterans Affairs and current member of parliament Iryna Friz published a Facebook post that accused Bellingcat and our investigative partner, The Insider, of being “infiltrated” by the Russian security services, specifically the FSB.  This information has spread to a number of…

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November 11, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Ukraine’s Ministry of Veterans Affairs Embraced the Far Right – With Consequences to the U.S.

Ukraine’s President conferred with, and the Prime Minister of Ukraine partied with, known far-right figures as leaders of the country’s veterans. Additionally, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, rubbed shoulders with a far-right figure embraced by Ukraine’s veterans ministry. We explain why these events happened. The heads of Ukraine’s new government, led by…

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November 7, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How Russia Issues Fake Passports to Its Operatives in Ukraine

On 27 October 2014, a man named Igor Nikoalevich Beregovoy arrived in Simferopol, Crimea, after boarding an Aeroflot flight in Krasnodar earlier that afternoon. Igor Nikolaevich was born on 30 December 1965, from the Crimean city of Simferopol. However, there is another man named Igor Nikolaevich born on 30 December 1965, and who was born…

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October 21, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

How to Mainstream Neo-Nazis: A Lesson from Ukraine’s New Government

On October 13, photographs started circulating across social media showing a man resembling Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk on stage at the “Veterans Strong” concert event in Kyiv. This was, however, no ordinary concert — it was organized by a far-right figure accused of murder, and headlined by a neo-Nazi band.  As later posts throughout…

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October 14, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Skripal Poisoner Attended GRU Commander Family Wedding

In a series of investigative reports in 2018 and this year, Bellingcat and its media partners disclosed the existence of an elite unit within Russian military intelligence (GRU) engaging in clandestine overseas operations. This unit consists of approximately twenty graduates of elite Russian military schools, most having received hands-on combat experience in the wars in…

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October 1, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Smash and Grab – The UK’s Money Laundering Machine

In 2017, Bellingcat and Transparency International UK published their joint report, “Offshore in the UK”, describing the phenomenon of Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) and their use as a mechanism in global money laundering scandals and a range of illicit activities. Since then, SLPs have continued to be implicated in further scandals, perhaps most notably the Azerbaijani Laundromat, a scheme where $2.9 billion was laundered through UK companies.

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