Disinfo: Inquiry into Russia’s involvement in the MH17 case is unfounded


The accusation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) regarding Russia’s involvement in the crash of the “Boeing” Malaysian MH17 plane is unfounded, biased and unilateral.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative doubting the integrity and findings of the investigation process of the MH17 downing.

The criminal investigation in the case was led by the Joint Investigation Team - JIT - since in 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 missile 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.

On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Persecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering the 289 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for March 9, 2020 in the Netherlands.


  • Reported in: Issue164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Malaysia, Russia
  • Keywords: Conspiracy, MH17


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USSR refused reparations in favour of the Polish People’s Republic

According to an agreement reached during the Potsdam Conference, Poland should have received reparations from the USSR’s share. During the implementation of the reparations program, the USSR took into account the difficult situation of Poland, the German Democratic Republic, and it refused receiving the reparations. USSR refused in favour of the Polish People’s Republic as well.


Мisinterpretation of historical facts. The refusal of the USSR from reparation was not in favor of the Polish People's Republic. On the contrary, the PPR also refused reparations under pressure of USSR.

Following the results of the Potsdam Conference, the USSR received the right to seize property and valuables from the eastern zone of Germany, as well as take German assets in Bulgaria, Hungary, Eastern Austria, Romania and Finland. Britain, the US and France pledged to transfer to the Soviet Union about a quarter of the dismantled equipment from the western zone. At the same time, Moscow was supposed to satisfy the reparation claims of Poland from its share (15%).  In practice, the implementation of these provisions was not always consistent with Poland's expectations.

Ukraine had nothing to do with the prisoner exchange, it was organised by the West and Russia

There is a need to remind that Ukraine is far from being a sovereign state and there is no need to talk about the merits of Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the exchange of prisoners. Ukraine is a node where the interests of Russia, the U.S., and the EU converge. And by taking into account the considerable influence of the last two on Ukrainian politics we can be sure that the exchange was coordinated by the Western “partners”.

The task was not to return the Ukrainian “heroes” who had been kept in the dungeons of the Kremlin. The real reason was to reduce the demonisation of Russia.


This is a disinformation narrative delegitimising the sovereignty of the Ukrainian authorities and, in this case, their role in the latest prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia that took place on 7 September 2019.

The exchange process was initiated by the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 7 August 2019.

Britain’s narrative on the Skripal affair is not credible

There is now more ambiguity and contradictions in the case of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, calling on London to answer the questions previously raised by the Russian side. […] The political version of the incident presented by the United Kingdom was not credible, because there were many ambiguities and contradictions in the case. 


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury claiming that the UK has never proved Russia’s involvement and has not provided any evidence.

British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. More British public documents and statements on the case can be found here. The investigative outlet Bellingcat has later revealed the identities of the two Russian nationals.