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    Russia Tries to Influence Le Pen to Repeal Sanctions
    Apr29

    Russia Tries to Influence Le Pen to Repeal Sanctions

    Sanctioned Russian officials try to lobby Le Pen to Lift sanctions Leonid Slutsky and Marine Le Pen. Image posted by Slutsky on Facebook In late March, Marine Le Pen visited Russia, where she had meetings with Vladimir Putin, the Chairman of the Russian Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and Leonid Slutsky’s Committee on International Affairs. Volodin...

    Russia Seeks to Influence European Politics Through Youth Wings of Far-Right and Far-Left Parties
    Apr27

    Russia Seeks to Influence European Politics Through Youth Wings of Far-Right and Far-Left Parties

    Evidence suggests the Kremlin is reaching out to youth organizations, including the youth wings of European parties in order to work on goals such as campaigning to lift EU sanctions against Russia. Other youth groups have been targeted to help boost Russia’s image abroad. While these tactics are reminiscent of Soviet efforts to win the...

    Montenegro Coup Suspect Linked to Russian-backed “Ultranationalist” Organisation
    Apr25

    Montenegro Coup Suspect Linked to Russian-backed “Ultranationalist” Organisation

    Montenegro coup suspect linked to Russian-backed “ultranationalist” organisation: Russian influence in the Balkans is exerted through media, demonstrations and Biker groups. According to the Telegraph’s investigation into the attempted Montenegro coup, published February 18th, Predrag Bogicevic, Nemanja Ristic, Vladimir Popov and Eduard...

    Photographs of Ukrainian Buks Geolocated, Nearly Three Years Later
    Apr04

    Photographs of Ukrainian Buks Geolocated, Nearly Three Years Later

    On July 15, 2014, a chaplain for the Ukrainian Armed Forces named O. (short for “otets,” or “father”) Gredil Mykhailo uploaded a handful of photographs showing a Ukrainian Buk missile launcher in a field that appeared to function as a Ukrainian military camp. The photographs would not be noteworthy if it were not for two things: the fact that...

    Tankspotting: T-90As in the Donbass
    Apr02

    Tankspotting: T-90As in the Donbass

    The presence of Russian T-72B3 tanks in eastern Ukraine has previously been established and covered on Bellingcat. The tanks have reportedly been used near Ilovaisk, the Luhansk airport and even Debaltseve. The T-72B3 represents post-Soviet tank development by the Russian Federation, and was not exported to or fielded by Ukraine. Another...

    Donbas: A Ticking Toxic Time Bomb
    Mar30

    Donbas: A Ticking Toxic Time Bomb

    Open-source tracking and monitoring of environmental health risks of targeting industrial sites Additional research and map making by Foeke Postma @FoekePostma As the fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russia-backed forces re-ignited at the end of January 2017, various news reports highlighted the shelling of industrial sites. Calls by the...

    Balkan Gambit: Part 2. The Montenegro Zugzwang
    Mar25

    Balkan Gambit: Part 2. The Montenegro Zugzwang

    In Part 1 of this investigation, Bellingcat and Insider reported on Russia’s intervention in the parliamentary elections in Republika Srpska in October 2014. In Part 2, we investigate the evidence for a possible Russian involvment in the alleged attempted coup following the parliamentary elections in October 2016 in Montenegro. Montenegro,...

    Tanks of Buhaivka: A training facility in Eastern Ukraine
    Mar17

    Tanks of Buhaivka: A training facility in Eastern Ukraine

    On March 16, 2017, popular Ukrainian Twitter user @GirkinGirkin published a tweet sharing imagery of armored vehicles, including tanks. The user claims that the photographs were uploaded on the same day near Buhaivka, Luhansk oblast, thus in an area currently not under the control of the Ukrainian government. After analyzing new satellite imagery...

    Water Filtration Plants and Risks of a Chlorine Mass-Casualty Event in Donetsk
    Mar10

    Water Filtration Plants and Risks of a Chlorine Mass-Casualty Event in Donetsk

    Over the last two months, increased shelling in and around industrial sites north of Donetsk in the Ukraine have, apart from the direct civilian casualties costs, posed huge public health and environmental risks. Apart from the wider environmental impacts caused by targeting industrial sites, on several occasions, Russia-backed forces have hit...

    The Kremlin’s Balkan Gambit: Part I
    Mar04

    The Kremlin’s Balkan Gambit: Part I

    This is part I of out joint investigation with the Russian investigative magazine The Insider into a series of active measures, hybrid warfare and false-flag operations in the countries of the Balkans that appear to have been orchestrated by Russian individuals in close coordination with the Kremlin. You can read the Russian version of this part...

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