The investigative group based in Britain, which leads the counter-propaganda effort against Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, has launched the Russian edition of its popular website today.
“Website Bellingcat launches Bellingcat Russia, bringing its groundbreaking investigations and growing educational resources to a new audience”, a group said in a statement sent by email.
On the newly launched edition of the website, Bellingcat published its latest major report, Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Medals and Treacherous Numbers, which is another way to document systematically increasing Kremlin’s military effort to sustain war and terrorism in Eastern Ukraine. Authors of a new report analysed cases of the Russia’s decorations for the country’s servicemen, who fought in Ukraine. The investigative journalists, who analysed open source information on the rewards of Russian soldiers with four medals, including for combat missions, concluded that “the large number… strongly suggests… that far more than ten thousand Russian servicemen participated in combat operations in eastern Ukraine” also after signing of Minsk II agreements by Kremlin in February of 2015.
Launching the newest edition of its website the investigative group is hoping to involve larger Russian-speaking audience in its future investigations. As the group said in statement, the Russian version of the website includes translations of earlier articles, in particular guides and case studies “to help Russian speakers learn the same techniques and methodologies used by the Bellingcat Investigation Team.”
Last year the Bellingcat group published its famous, extensive report accusing Russia’s authorities for providing of the Buk missile launcher and military expertise for the Donetsk rebels, who shot down the Malaysian plane over Ukraine in July of 2014 killing all 298 people on board. The group also raised doubts on authenticity of the satellite photos provided by the Russian Defence Ministry on July 21, 2014 which blamed Ukraine for a crime. In July of 2016 the group provided even more evidence Moscow attempted to present “fake evidence”.
In 2015 the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that Russian-made Buk missile.