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September 22, 2015

By Askai707

Russia’s 6th Tank Brigade: The Dead, the Captured, and the Destroyed Tanks (Pt. 1)

This post originally appeared in Russian on the LiveJournal of Askai707, sled-vzayt.livejournal.com. Part 2 English translation by Aric Toler Translator’s summary: The following post was written by Askai707, a Ukrainian open source investigator that has written numerous reports on Russian tanks and soldiers in the Donbass. This report details the involvement of Russia’s 6th Tank…

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September 21, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Confirmed: SU-25s Join Russia’s Flankers in Latakia

Satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International Airport shows new arrivals supporting Russia’s growing military presence. Space snapshots from 20SEPT15 show twelve SU-25 Frogfoot joining the four SU-30SM Flanker already parked at the airport, a location ten miles south of Latakia. Earlier the SU-30SM were misidentified by the media as SU-27. The latest imagery was published by AllSource Analysis…

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September 20, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian SU-30SM in Syria, not SU-27

This post was originally written for Offiziere.ch after several comments questioning the imagery identification were posted on Twitter. Recent satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International airport in Syria shows four SU-30SM aircraft, not four SU-27 Flanker as originally reported by the Institute for the Study of War. The aircraft are easily mistaken for the SU-27…

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September 16, 2015

By Oryx

Sighting of R-166-0.5 signals vehicle affirms inflow of Russian military into Syria

The past few days have seen a steep increase of evidence revealing the true extent of direct military involvement by the Russian military on the ground in Syria. The sighting of recently delivered Russian UAVs and Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in addition to sound fragments confirming Russian military personnel directly participated in one…

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September 7, 2015

By Ruslan Leviev

Are there Russian troops fighting in Syria?

This post originally appeared on the LiveJournal of Ruslan Leviev in both Russian and English. The following text is a cross-post of the English translation that appeared on Leviev’s personal blog. When Leviev refers to “we” and his “investigation team,” he is referring to his “WarInUkraine” research team that has previously produced posts on such topics…

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August 19, 2015

By Aric Toler

Yachtspotting: OSINT Methods in Navalny’s Corruption Investigation

Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, found himself embroiled in a scandal over his wristwatch, which was prominently displayed during his wedding to former Olympic ice dancer Tatiana Navka. Anti-corruption activist and Kremlin opponent Aleksey Navalny revealed that a watch worn by Peskov was worth upwards of $600,000, despite Peskov’s approximate annual…

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August 13, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Billy Six Interview – Investigating the Luhansk MH17 Buk Video

Freelance journalist Billy Six has recently come to the attention of the world’s media after publishing previously unpublished footage of the MH17 crash site filmed shortly after impact, as well as featuring in Russia Today’s recent MH17 documentary. In this interview with Bellingcat, Billy Six details some of his other investigations into the events surrounding the downing of Flight MH17

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August 7, 2015

By Aric Toler

Shadow of a Doubt: Crowdsourcing Time Verification of the MH17 Missile Launch Photo

While much open source investigation is done through crowd sourcing, the administrator of the MH17 webtalk.ru forum has taken a unique approach: a single-blind poll to collaboratively determine the timing of a photograph. While this experiment does not have the scientific rigor of a pharmaceutical trial, the methodology of administrator “bootblack” is worthwhile of some examination. The…

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