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December 22, 2016

By Daniel Romein

Hunting the Berlin Christmas Market Attack Suspect on Social Media

This article was written collaboratively with additional participation of Bellingcat contributors Timmi Allen and Aric Toler. On December 21st, Bellingcat found several Facebook profiles of Anis Amri, the main suspect in the killing of 12 and wounding of 49 people in the December 19th Berlin Christmas market on Breidscheitplatz. The fingerprints and documents of 24-year-old…

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December 21, 2016

By Sean Case

Putin’s Undeclared War: Summer 2014 – Russian Artillery Strikes against Ukraine

Download full report  Скачать полную версию доклада  Click here for a one-minute introductory map tour that gives the main findings and context of this report. The below text is an extract from the full report. The interactive data map underlying all of the findings discussed can be found here. Summary Terms such as civil war…

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November 15, 2016

By Askai707

Russia’s 61st Separate Naval Infantry Brigade in the Donbass

The following investigation was originally posted in Russian by the author, Askai707, on his LiveJournal blog. Translation and foreword by Aric Toler. The following investigation from Askai707 provides a significant amount of evidence that proves the direct participation of Russia’s 61st Separate Naval Infantry Brigade (often referred to as just the “61st Naval Infantry Brigade”…

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October 31, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Preps Additional Attack Aircraft for Export

A review of satellite imagery shows some new developments at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi. Co-located at the 61st Fighter Airbase, the Belarusian-based Plant overhauled two Su-24M Fencer attack aircraft and a Mi-8-17 Hip transport helicopter, imagery from late June suggests. Previously decommissioned from the Air and Air Defense Force, the aircraft were…

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October 29, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Syrian Red Crescent Aid Convoy Attack in Syria – two letters and a half answer

On October 5, 2016, RIA Novosti published an article which claimed to be based on an unpublished report written by a “group of independent military experts attached to the International Syria Support Group (ISSG): The report stated that “Urm al-Kubra is located in the region controlled by al-Nusra”, in an area with a high concentration…

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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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