MH17: JIT investigators try to shield the real culprits

Summary

Investigators of the MH17 case colluded with criminals. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is not interested in finding who is, in fact, responsible for the MH17 tragedy. Foreign detectives try to shield the real perpetrators. Therefore, versions that refute the Russian trace are not even considered.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

The criminal investigation by the JIT 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 missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from there 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 that 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, consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Persecution service will persecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for March 9 2020 in the Netherlands.

The claims by Buk manufacturer Almaz-Antey that the missile could not have come from Russia were debunked already in 2015 by Bellingcat. The claims of the Russian military company Almaz-Antey is only a small sample of misleading claims and conspiracy theories advanced by Moscow since 2015, many of which have contradicted one another.  See previous debunking of these claims herehere, and here, and a summary of disinformation narratives on this case here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, MH17
  • Outlet: Utro.ru
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Malaysia was sidelined from the MH17 investigation

Malaysia does not have full access to all information about the [MH17] investigation, although it is invited to take part in investigating this disaster.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

Malaysia's Prosecutor's office cooperated in the investigation conducted by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT).  Speaking at the press-conference of the JIT on 19 June 2019, the Deputy Prosecutor General of Malaysia Mohamad Hanafiah bin Zakaria reiterated Malaysia's commitment to the JIT in seeking justice for the victims and stated that the JIT findings were based on extensive investigation and legal research.  [See at 57:30 - 58:14]

There is no evidence of Russia’s involvement in the Skripals’ poisoning

U.S. Congressmen are insisting on introducing a new package of restrictions against Moscow because of the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal. However, no evidence of Russia’s involvement in the Salisbury incident […] has been provided by the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning claiming that the United Kingdom was never able to prove a “Russian trace” and did not provide detailed evidence of Russia’s involvement.

British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack on the Skripals. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent.

Russian Embassy in Serbia occupied by LGBT protesters

LGBT activists occupied the Russian Embassy in Belgrade in protest of the murder of Yelena Grigorieva. The police would have banned such a protest in front of the US Embassy, but this one was allowed despite the diplomatic scandal it could have caused.  

Disproof

The protest “We remember Yelena Grigorieva”, held in front of the Russian Embassy in Belgrade (Serbia) on July 25th 2019, was attended by no more than ten people and nothing resembling an occupation of the embassy, as stated in the headline, took place. The activists stood peacefully in front of the Embassy, holding banners with messages written in Serbian and Russian, such as “Punish the murderers” and “Stop the terror of LGBT people in Russia”. 

As for the claim that such a protest would be banned by the police if it happened in front of US Embassy, it ignores the fact that a far more aggressive protest by a large group of football hooligans had taken place there just four months before.