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October 1, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Russia’s SU-27 Probably Departed Belarus

The Russian Air Force appears to have recalled their Su-27SM from Belarus, a review of satellite imagery of the 61st Fighter Airbase in Baranovichi suggests. Russia had 4 Su-27SM Flanker parked in revetments on the Quick Reaction Alert apron since December 2013. The multi-role fighters originally deployed as part of an advanced element that would eventually…

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September 30, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Revelations and Confirmations from the MH17 JIT Press Conference

On September 28, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) held a press conference in which they presented evidence surrounding the downing of Flight MH17. Leading up to the event, the JIT made its intent clear: the weapon type and launch site would be announced, but no blame would be directly assigned. The JIT followed through on its…

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September 27, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Das russische Verteidigungsministerium legt neue Beweise vor, die belegen, dass ihre früheren Beweise gefälscht waren

Am 21. Juli 2014 präsentierte das russische Verteidigungsministerium seine Beweise im Bezug auf dem am 17. Juli abgeschossenen Flug MH17. Bellingcat hat die in dieser Pressekonferenz gemachten Behauptungen im Detail untersucht und gezeigt, dass alle wesentlichen Aussagen der damaligen Pressekonferenz falsch sind. Dies reicht von den Behauptungen über die präsentierten Satellitenbilder bis hin zu den…

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September 26, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

The Russian Defence Ministry Presents Evidence They Faked Their Previous MH17 Evidence

On July 21st 2014 the Russian Defence Ministry presented their evidence relating to the downing of Flight MH17 on July 17th 2014. Bellingcat has previously examined the claims made in this press conference in great detail, demonstrating how all the major claims made in the press conference were false, from claims about satellite imagery to…

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September 13, 2016

By Lincoln Pigman

Coercion and Corruption: Following Russia’s 2016 Election Season

Russia’s parliamentary elections on September 18th come at a critical moment for Vladimir V. Putin, whose party, United Russia (Edinaya Rossiya), is losing popular support amid economic crisis. Though Putin himself has remained insulated from national dissatisfaction, United Russia has not, threatening the party’s dominance and Putin’s own interests. After all, it is from United Russia…

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August 31, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Medals and Treacherous Numbers

The full report can be downloaded here  The war in eastern Ukraine is known under multiple names; most often formulations similar to Ukrainian civil war or Ukrainian conflict are still used to describe the war. The implied characteristic as solely internal Ukrainian conflict is heavily disputed and an active Russian participation is widely accepted. While…

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July 15, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

MH17 – The Open Source Investigation, Two Years Later

Today Bellingcat releases its latest report, “MH17 – The Open Source Investigation, Two Years Later”, bringing together two years of research by Bellingcat into the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014. As part of this release Bellingcat communicated with experts in various fields for their analysis and opinions of MH17 related…

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July 4, 2016

By Askai707

Russia’s 200th Motorized Infantry Brigade in the Donbass: The Tell-Tale Tanks

The following post originally appeared on the Russian-language blog of the author, Askai707. There are three installments to this investigation: Part One, here (EN) and here (РУ), this post, and the final part, “Hero of Russia,” here (EN) and here (РУ). Below is an English translation of the post (translated by Aric Toler), which concerns the…

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June 22, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

New Google Earth Satellite Update Confirms Presence of Buk in Eastern Ukraine

Today, Google Earth updated its historical satellite imagery to include Donetsk and Makiivka at 11:08am (local time) on July 17, 2014, the day of the downing of Flight MH17. Bellingcat has previously purchased portions of this image, with the Digital Globe catalog ID of 105041001104D000, to show that the Russian Ministry of Defense had doctored its MH17…

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