Pro-Russian Bloggers Slam Bellingcat MH17 Investigation

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Pro-Russian Bloggers Slam Bellingcat MH17 Investigation

A newly appeared team of pro-Russian bloggers, ‘Anti-Fake’, blasted the open-source investigation into the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash over Ukraine in 2014 by Bellingcat. Anti-Fake have issued a 44-page report (find it here), blaming Bellingcat for a pro-Kiev stance and relying on fake and falsified evidence.

The publicly stated goal of Anti-Fake’s report is to establish the truth about the MH17 incident and avoid the spread of disinformation. The report is focused on studying Bellingcat’s claims on the icident.

According to the report, one of Bellingcat’s main assertions was that it is “logical” to assume that Russia would have provided a BUK missile system to Donbass rebels. Anti-Fake argues that the assumption is, on the contrary, illogical.

The group emphasizes that various modifications of BUK missile launchers are in service in both the Russian and Ukrainian Armed Forces. These are highly sophisticated systems, used to target planes at very high altitudes, which didn’t correspond to the type of threat faced by the rebels.

“The main attack units, used by the Ukrainian Air Force against self-defense forces in May-July 2014 were Su-25 jets, Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, which operated against ground targets on small altitude, being in the effective area of Strela-10 short range system,” Anti-Fake noted, adding “In these circumstances, it’s unjustified to use the expensive and complex BUK system.”

The report also said that pro-Kiev bloggers deliberately based their investigation on unreliable evidence due a lack of real data backing the position they chose. The Anti-Fake team analyzed documents and photographs, mentioned in the Bellingcat report (find Bellingcat’s posts on MH17 here) as proof of Russian guilt, which they have reason to believe are fake or forged.

2 years after the MH17 tragedy, there are lots of unanswered questions.

  • Who is responsible for downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?
  • Who ordered to down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?
  • Why the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was there?
  • Who did point the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to the closed corridor?
  • Was it an accident or a planned provocation?

It appears that the reports by Bellingcat and Anti-Fake are an element of the informational warfare. It’s pretty clear that such reports are aimed to shape informational battlefield in order to pursue foreign-policy objectives or political and military objectives of the global powers.

Despite the both sides use various tools of informational warfare, the West’s states have much more resources than their opponents. So, the quality of pro-Western content is higher.

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  • Tom Johnson

    Russia did not lie about KAL007 either! GTFO

    • Nobby Stiles

      No russia didn’t lie about that. You are thinking of the Soviet Union.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    The west may have ‘many more resources’ but the conclusion of this author that their report is therefore more accurate is unjustified. The U.S. and its EU vassel States have been waging a false flag/information war against Russia for years
    Time and again their lies have been exposed. It has been pointed out that if indeed the damage was caused by a BUK system, it’s not the one in use by the Russians but an earlier version used by Kiev militants. An argument can be made for an air attack. None of this was included.
    The Dutch were under political pressure to produce a report that supported (probably CIA) cover story which is reflected in the fact that any input from the Russians who design and manufacture the BUK system was rejected out of hand.
    If Russia is hitting the blogosphere, is a defensive move against aggressive western subversive tactics.

    • Catfish

      The author didn’t assert that western sources or reports were more accurate. Higher quality was all the author asserted which I took as more refined and cost intensive methods. That has nothing to do with accuracy, as anyone who has researched us corporate media accuracy can attest to. It’s more refined but is devoid of both ethics and accuracy. Otherwise I agree with your above statement.

      • Carol Davidek-Waller

        Noun 1. high quality – the quality of being superior
        superiority
        caliber, calibre, quality – a degree or grade of excellence or worth; “the quality of students has risen”;

        • Catfish

          How they are considered superior by some doesn’t necessarily have to do with them being accurate, but the common belief that they reach a wider audience meaning that the information is being disseminated to more people. I apologize if I sounded like a grammar nazi on the other reply. I figure I must have since you broke out the dictionary on me lol. I do somewhat disagree with the authors assessment of the west having higher quality media as well after considering it. Even though it reaches a wider audience, it isn’t being believed by many of them. Online media is thankfully getting more viewers than us corporate media these days as far as where people look for news in the us.

  • wimroffel

    When I saw the title I thought it was about the Bellingcat report on the recent bombing of the aid convoy at Urem al-Kubra. Any reaction to that?

  • kirko77

    So they released this just before official Dutch report is out. Shocker!
    Entire point is to spread doubt and uncertainty and bluntly lying or simply questioning Belligcat without concrete evidence is more than enough.

    By the way, Bellibgcat is NOT pro-Kiev…. They simply followed facts.

    • Russia

      Which facts, fucktard?