Bellingcat is a part of information war against Russia

Summary

Russia is accused for the MH17 tragedy without any evidence. Russia was denied the presumption of innocence the very next day when Obama announced that Russia was responsible. Moreover the Bellingcat agency which regularly releases so called “new evidence” to stoke the discussion, was established two days before the downing of MH17. It is not a question of who is guilty for the tragedy, as no one can answer that, but it is a question of how these “information dumps” are designed.

 

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory to support one of the many recurring pro-Kremlin  disinformation narratives about the downing of MH17.

Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects – from Mexican drug lords and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and conflicts worldwide. Bellingcat discovered key information about the downing of MH17, including tracking the missile launcher that shot down MH17 from its base in Russia to Ukraine, locating the field where the missile was launched from, and identifying a number of suspects involved with the incident. Bellingcat's findings that the Russian military was involved were later corroborated by international investigators.

The criminal investigation of the downing of MH17 by the Joint Investigation Team has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Information war, MH17
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokhazhet @ Pervyi kanal (19:50 - 21:30)
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US is whipping Ukraine to submission

A chambrière is a long whip that animal handlers would use to command animals around the ring in a circus. Those whips are known for the loud cracks they produce, and can inflict serious injuries should they be used for hitting a disobedient animal. Everybody understands that funny man [Ukrainian president] Zelenskyy can’t navigate the troubled waters of today’s geopolitics without a foreign handler, or a chambrière, as they call handlers in the circus world. Trump just can’t help himself, seeking to provide guidance to his fellow showmen. It seems that they don’t have much trust in the ability of the clowns in Kyiv to lead the show on their own.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, one of the founding members of the United Nations. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, but were violated by Russia in 2014.

La République en Marche (LREM) and Nathalie Loiseau disrespect women’s rights

Madame Loiseau asked “why do Islamic head scarfs bother people more than the veil of Mother Teresa?” LREM head of the list Nathalie Loiseau compares the Islamic veil, a political item and the submission of women to the veil of the nuns such as Mother Teresa!
LREM will do nothing to fight against Islamism, nor to preserve our civilisation and women’s freedom. Nathalie Loiseau’s comments show LREM’s stance on women’s rights in general.

Disproof

Part of a series of manipulative messages targeting Nathalie Loiseau by Russian sources in France. This article extrapolates and distorts the message of Nathalie Loiseau. No evidence given that LREM or Natalie Loiseau disrespect the rights of women.

Nathalie Loiseau wrote in her book entitled "Choose everything" published in 2014, "Why does our society so ardently rely on and especially against the veil of the Muslims? Do we have so many lessons to give, we who covered the head of women in the churches not so long time ago? [...] Why does the Islamic headscarf bother us more than the veil of Mother Teresa or Sister Emmanuelle?"

Accusations against Russia in the MH17 investigation are a part of the information war against the country

Accusation against Russia regarding the tragedy of MH17 in July 2014 is a part of information war against Russia, that has been ongoing since Ukrainian Maidan.

The announcement of the Joint Investigation Team [regarding the criminal persecution of 4 suspects for shooting down the plane] is an ordinary information dump in this war.

Disproof

One of the many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the downing of MH17.

On the 19th of June, 2019, the Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands announced it will prosecute four suspects - Russian military and intelligence officers Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, Oleg Pulatov  and Ukrainian national Leonid Kharchenko, commander of the military combat unit in Donetsk, for bringing down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the 17th of July 2014 killing all 298 passengers and crew.