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March 25, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Russian Prosecution Cites “Bellingcat Methodology” in Savchenko Trial

As part of the case against the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, the Russian prosecution used the methods previously utilized by Bellingcat in proving that the Russian military, from its own territory, carried out artillery attacks against Ukrainian army positions. These methods were included in the expert testimony of Aleksandr Bobkov, the Head of Operative Monitoring…

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March 22, 2016

By Aric Toler

Russian Media Outlets Falsely Accuse Belarusian Brothers of Brussels Attack

On March 14, eight days before the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Russian media outlet Lifenews reported (archive) that two Belarusian brothers, Ivan and Aleksey Dovbash, and an accomplice, Marat Yunusov, were planning a terrorist attack in Belgium. After terrorist attacks did take place in Belgium the following week, Lifenews doubled down, naming the brothers Dovbash and Yunusov…

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February 29, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Zaroshchens’ke Revisited: Almaz-Antey’s New Launch Areas

The cause of the crash of MH17 was investigated by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB). In their final report, presented on 13 October 2015, the DSB identified a 9M38 series missile, launched from a Buk surface-to-air missile launcher positioned in an area near Snizhne, as the cause of the crash. This finding has been criticized by Russia. Almaz-Antey, the successor to the original producer of the Buk M1, had already published its own calculations, including a proposed launch area, on 2 June 2015.

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February 25, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Six Takeaways from Today’s Dutch Safety Board MH17 Response

On February 25, the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) published responses to questions asked by the Dutch Parliament on February 4 and 10, along with its response to a letter written by Oleg Storchevoy, the Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency. Many of the questions posed by the Dutch Parliament concern the air traffic control primary…

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February 23, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Deploys Additional S-300 at Polatsk near NATO Borders

Left: DigitalGlobe imagery of the S-200 site in Polatsk dated April 2015 / Right: September 2013 Belarus has partially converted the S-200 surface-to-air missile site at Polatsk to support the highly capable S-300 system, commercial satellite imagery reveals. As NATO beefs up contingency planning for the Baltic States in order to deter any potential aggression,…

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February 17, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Russia’s Bizarre, Barely Coherent Defence It Didn’t Bomb Hospitals in Syria

Following this weeks earlier attacks on medical facilities in Syria run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the Russian Defence Ministry has published a statement explaining why it’s not responsible for the attacks. Much of the statement is a mess of barely coherent claims, and reads closer to a conspiracy theory than a statement from a serious organisation. The Russian…

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February 11, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How the Russian MoD Invented a US Bombing of Aleppo

This post originally appeared in Russian in the blog “Noodle Remover”. The following is an abridged translation of that post. On February 11, during a Russian Ministry of Defense briefing, Major General Igor Konashenkov claimed the following (I highlighted the parts which are of most interest): Therefore, it is not a tendency. Starting harping on the…

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February 8, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Cluster Bombs Used in Talbiseh, Homs, Match Type Seen at Russia’s Syrian Airbase

Today’s Human Rights Watch report Russia/Syria: Daily Cluster Munition Attacks documents further use of cluster munitions in the Syria conflict, following earlier reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on the use of cluster munitions in Syria. These reports triggered denials from the Russian Defence Ministry, who denied such munitions were even present at their airbase in Syria….

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