Tag "MH17"

Fake: Kyiv Hid Primary MH17 Data from Investigation

Last week several pro-Kremlin media outlets published stories claiming that Kyiv had intentionally hidden radar data in the case of the Malaysian MH17 airliner which was shot down over occupied eastern Ukraine in July 2014. NewsFront, Rusfact, Vzglyad, Rambler, Luga1news and others all cite Dutch prosecutor Theis Berger who allegedly made such a statement during a court hearing on June 9, 2020. Malaysian Flight MH17 was traveling to Kuala Lumpur

Disinformation mash-up: MH17 and coronavirus

By EU vs Disinfo What do the MH17 investigation and coronavirus have in common? According to pro-Kremlin disinformation, both are apparently nothing more than Russophobic attacks by the West against an innocent Russia. This week’s cases are a useful lesson in the opportunism and adaptability of the Kremlin’s disinformation machine, as well as its remarkable coordination across a number of different topics. Particularly striking was the synchronised messaging on two

The impossible conspiracy fuelling Russia’s MH17 defence

By Eliot Higgins, for Bellingcat Ahead of the commencement of the MH17 trials in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020, various Russian government officials have made statements defending Russia against accusations that Russia provided the Buk missile launcher that shot down MH17 on July 17, 2014. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova complained of “planted news citing some mythical ‘irrefutable’ evidence, with witnesses’ details classified and links to

Occupy the information space!

By EU vs Disinfo Kremlin Tactics to Discredit the JIT The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, RISS, a Kremlin-funded think tank, published recently an essay with the title “Securing Information for Foreign Policy Purposes in the Context of Digital Reality”. The paper is quoting Russian military theorist Aleksander Bartosh who describes “disinformation and propaganda in media and social networks are the main characteristics of so-called hybrid warfare”. The authors of

With Russians on trial in absentia for killing 298 in airliner shootdown, a look back at Russia’s MH17 disinformation

By Polygraph The Dutch court will begin the MH17 hearings on March 9. Four men accused of shooting down the Malaysian Airlines flight on July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard, will be tried in absentia. Three are Russian citizens currently in Russia, whose military is the suspect in the crime. The fourth is a Ukrainian citizen whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Ahead of

Pro-Kremlin disinformation desperation: MH17 and WWII

By EU vs Disinfo This week, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine has begun “preparations” for the MH17 trial and continued its attack on Poland. A few weeks from now, on March 9th, the District Court of the Hague will begin the criminal trial of four suspects for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. With the court date approaching, the pro-Kremlin disinformation machine is desperate to discredit the Joint Investigation Team (JIT)

Admitting a lie: Why the Kremlin should give it a try

By EU vs Disinfo Russian state media were put in an awkward position when Tehran on Saturday admitted having downed Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752, allegedly due to a mistake. The Iranian incident echoed that of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, apparently also due to a mistake. The Kremlin still denies its responsibility for this incident, in spite of overwhelming evidence. We

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