DISINFO: Russian data about flight MH17 was ignored
  • Outlet: arabic.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 26, 2022
  • Article language(s): Arabic
  • Reported in: Issue 271
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia
MH17 Anti-Russian

DISINFO: Russian data about flight MH17 was ignored


The Joint Investigation Team ignored all Russian data about how the MH17 disaster occurred over Donbas.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the downing of the flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Russia data, namely radar data and the "field experiment" conducted by the Russian military company Almaz-Antey is only a small sample of misleading claims advanced by Moscow about the downing of MH17, some of which have contradicted one another.

The data provided by Moscow, in the words of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, "offered contradictory results":

After years of requests, the Russian Federation finally provided primary radar data. Assessment of these data in July 2014 and September 2016 by the Russian authorities offered contradictory results. Data of a second radar system in Buturinskaya, which - according to the Russian July 2014 assessment - recorded MH17 shortly before it was downed, have not been provided. In February 2020 the Russian authorities informed us that these data were not retained. We do not think further investigation could offer any new radar data or additional opinions on the existing data.
On basis of these findings, we conclude that the investigation of radar data is complete.

See here and here for further debunking by Bellingcat and Polygraph.info, respectively.

See more similar cases about the MH17 in our database with claims that there was no evidence for Russian involvement; or that Russia cannot be guilty as the plane was hit over Ukraine; or that the US is hiding the truth from the MH17-trial; or that British intelligence prepared the MH17 crash.


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