Disinfo: The MH17 case is politically motivated


The results of the investigation of the Almaz-Antey firm are not taken into account by MH17 investigators. The firm showed in 2015 that 9M38M1 rockets cause damage to airplanes on impact that were not present on the Malaysian Boeing that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The public hearing on the incident started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

Both claims by Buk manufacturer Almaz-Antey were debunked back in 2015 by Bellingcat. The article fails to mention that the firm is the manufacturer of the Buk air defence system that downed MH17, according to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The JIT 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.  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 MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.

For similar cases, see here and here.

For our overview and analysis of disinformation narratives around the downing of MH17, click here.


  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17


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Americans will bomb Siberia according to a Ukrainian plan

Ukraine has developed a plan for the bombing of Siberia and the Arctic. The Americans will fulfil this plan. The Ukrainian consulting agency Defense Express detailed the entire bombing plan for the Yankees. The Americans are left to only fulfil this order from Kyiv analysts.


This is a baseless conspiracy theory and another example of the narrative about the militant West.

The news item posted on the Defense Express information site does not correspond in any way to a "plan for bombing Siberia and the Arctic." The article is dedicated to the news that NATO combat aircraft on 3 June performed training flights in international airspace over the Arctic Ocean and the Laptev Sea. US strategic bombers B-52H under cover of the Norwegian F-35 and F-16 flew over the Arctic near the border with Russia. The publication describes the technical characteristics of combat aircraft and the launch range of cruise missiles AGM-158B JASSM-ER and AGM-86C CALCM. For illustrative purposes, it is specified that the range of these missiles is sufficient to attack the main strategic targets of Russia in the Arctic and part of Siberia. Ukrainian analysts did not draw up any “plans for the bombing of Russia.”

NATO is an American puppet 

NATO is an American puppet


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO as a geopolitical project of the US.

NATO was founded in 1949 by twelve sovereign nations including the United States. It has since grown to 30 Allies who each took an individual and sovereign decision to join this Alliance. All decisions in NATO are taken by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries, which means that a decision can only be taken if every single member accepts it. 

The US protests are orchestrated by the deep state since they cannot organize color revolutions in other countries

The American “deep state”, which Trump often talks about, is the world of American intelligence services and law enforcement agencies, and largely works against Trump.

They know how to arrange such protests, especially since they are now almost unemployed due to the epidemic, and they cannot move around the world and organise colour revolutions in other countries.

Yet they are able to do so, to a large extent, in their country. On the other hand, the security services themselves can control this process and its scope, and of course, crush it.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about how US protests are orchestrated like the colour revolutions.

The ongoing civil unrest across the United States erupted after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. The responsible police officer has been charged with third-degree murder, and he and three other attending officers have been fired.