The JIT MH17 investigation was one-sided, without the participation of Russia

Summary

Initially the media made the main contribution to the formation of an opinion about the “fault” of Russia for the tragedy of MH17.

When the plane crashed, the West, at the initiative of Ukraine, immediately blamed Russia for this. The investigation was one-sided, without the participation of the Russian side.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the MH17 crash.

First of all, Russia's interest in aiding the JIT investigation is not a relevant condition to its membership in JIT. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group."

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation. The JIT comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. JIT investigation and conclusions are not based just on Media publications.

The JIT has published an online magazine about the criminal investigation into the crash of flight MH17. It contains information about how the investigation is being conducted. The purpose of the criminal investigation is to establish the facts of the case; determine the truth of what happened; identify those responsible for downing flight MH17; and gather criminal evidence for prosecution. Actually, the JIT has indeed provided concrete evidence of Russia's involvement.

The JIT conclusions were further corroborated by Bellingcat.

For the full Bellingcat report see here.

For a summary of disinformation narratives on this case see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Armenia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: MH17
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to peace and about the belligerent West aiming to conduct aggressive activities against Russia. When it comes to the conspiracy theory about NATO's plans to wage a war against Russia, NATO has addressed this on its official website. Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd.

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative blaming Ukraine for the disruption of the agreed disengagement of the troops and hardware in Donbas. It also repeats common disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine.

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