Disinfo: MH17 allegations against Russia based on rumors

The allegation that the missile that brought down MH17 was fired from a Russian Buk from Kursk brigade is an unfounded rumor.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=mh17&disinfo_issue=&date=,

The Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federationhttps://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/

24 May 2018, JIT stated that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation. The JIT reached this conclusion after extensive comparative research. Several images of the BUK-TELAR with which MH17 was downed are available. Analysis of those produces a number of characteristics. The combination of those is so special that that can be considered as a fingerprint. This fingerprint has been compared with numerous images of BUK-TELARS, both Ukrainian and Russian ones. The only BUK-TELAR on which this combination of characteristics also was found, is a BUK-TELAR that was recorded several times when it joined a convoy of the 53rd brigade on 23 – 25 June 2014. www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@103196/update-criminal-0/,

Furthermore, a joint international open source investigation led by Bellingcat has identified conclusively that the person of interest known as ‘Andrey Ivanovich’ or ‘Orion’ whose identity is sought by the Joint Investigating Team in connection with the criminal investigation into the downing of MH17, is in fact Russian citizen Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov. Ivannikov was an officer of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Ministry of Defence (GRU), and served in that function until at least as late as September 2017. During his undercover deployment to LNR, he coordinated and supervised the military activities of Russian militants, pro-Russian separatists and “private army” contingents from the Wagner group. Ivannikov also supervised the procurement and transport of weapons across the Russia Ukraine border. He held these functions at the time of the downing of MH17. www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2018/05/25/mh17-russian-gru-commander-orion-identified-oleg-ivannikov/,

The European Union an NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/05/25/declaration-by-the-high-representative-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-the-findings-of-the-joint-investigation-team-on-the-downing-of-flight-mh17/, www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_154585.htm,

On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17. The two governments are formally holding Russia accountable. www.government.nl/latest/news/2018/05/25/mh17-the-netherlands-and-australia-hold-russia-responsible,

The US have supported the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia twitter.com/statedeptspox/status/1000039780384755712,



  • Reported in: Issue 109
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, MH17
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1, 0:58:00
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People can no longer be photographed in Europe after 25 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) prohibits the publication of other people’s image without their written consent, even on social media. The law completely kills the entire genre of photography. Sights of European cities will be very difficult to photograph, without violating the law. It is completely unclear how this law will work in Europe, for example, with regard to the TV shooting.


The new regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data by a "natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity and thus with no connection to a professional or commercial activity. Personal or household activities could include correspondence and the holding of addresses, or social networking and online activity undertaken within the context of such activities".

According to GDPR, "the processing of personal data solely for journalistic purposes, or for the purposes of academic, artistic or literary expression should be subject to derogations or exemptions from certain provisions of this Regulation if necessary to reconcile the right to the protection of personal data with the right to freedom of expression and information". So the journalists' activity should not be seriously affected.

Ukraine plans to separate Crimea from the mainland by a navigable canal

Ukraine began to develop a project to build a navigable canal across the Perekop Isthmus, which supposedly should separate the occupied Crimea from the mainland of Ukraine. This project is being developed by Ukrgidroproekt.


According to Stopfake.org, Ukrgidroproekt denies any development of the construction of a navigable channel. Furthermore, the chief engineer attributed to the company, had never worked in Ukrgidroproekt. Further debunking at Stopfake www.stopfake.org/fejk-ukraina-nachala-razrabotku-proekta-otdeleniya-ot-kryma-sudohodnym-kanalom/,

The Netherlands Demand Russia to Provide Evidence of its Guilt in the MH17 Case

“He said – the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands [in a telephone conversation with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov] that they want Russia itself to help these facts be established [the details of the MH17’s tragedy] on the basis of suspicions that has not been confirmed yet! Do you understand what is this about?!? Russia must provide evidences of its guilt, so that no one has any doubts that it is guilty!!!”


In fact, The Netherlands and Australia informed Moscow that it expects Russia to now provide full assistance to the investigation, which is in the final stage of identifying perpetrators to be tried under Dutch law.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=mh17&disinfo_issue=&date=,