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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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April 25, 2017

By Bellingcat Contributor

Montenegro Coup Suspect Linked to Russian-backed “Ultranationalist” Organisation

Montenegro coup suspect linked to Russian-backed “ultranationalist” organisation: Russian influence in the Balkans is exerted through media, demonstrations and Biker groups. According to the Telegraph’s investigation into the attempted Montenegro coup, published February 18th, Predrag Bogicevic, Nemanja Ristic, Vladimir Popov and Eduard Shirokov were implicated in the attempt. A February 19 article published by the…

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April 4, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Photographs of Ukrainian Buks Geolocated in Poltava Oblast, Nearly Three Years Later

On July 15, 2014, a chaplain for the Ukrainian Armed Forces named O. (short for “otets,” or “father”) Gredil Mykhailo uploaded a handful of photographs showing a Ukrainian Buk missile launcher in a field that appeared to function as a Ukrainian military camp. We can now say that this Buk missile launcher was not located in eastern…

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April 2, 2017

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Tankspotting: T-90As in the Donbass

The presence of Russian T-72B3 tanks in eastern Ukraine has previously been established and covered on Bellingcat. The tanks have reportedly been used near Ilovaisk, the Luhansk airport and even Debaltseve. The T-72B3 represents post-Soviet tank development by the Russian Federation, and was not exported to or fielded by Ukraine. Another post-Soviet development with its…

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March 30, 2017

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Donbas: A Ticking Toxic Time Bomb

Open-source tracking and monitoring of environmental health risks of targeting industrial sites Additional research and map making by Foeke Postma @FoekePostma As the fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russia-backed forces re-ignited at the end of January 2017, various news reports highlighted the shelling of industrial sites. Calls by the United Nations and Organisation for Security…

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March 25, 2017

By Christo Grozev

Balkan Gambit: Part 2. The Montenegro Zugzwang

In Part 1 of this investigation, Bellingcat and The Insider reported on Russia’s intervention in the parliamentary elections in Republika Srpska in October 2014. In Part 2, we investigate the evidence for a possible Russian involvement in the alleged attempted coup following the parliamentary elections in October 2016 in Montenegro. Montenegro, July 2016 On July 14…

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