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Visiting a corrupt official

Buk1Pro-Russian rebels and Russian soldiers shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine. Two years later there is still no prospect that the killers will be arrested and brought to justice as they remain under the protection of the Russian rulers. The Dutch prosecutor general has formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate the murder of the 298 people on board flight MH17. The head of the prosecutor general’s office, Herman Bolhaar, and the leader of the JIT, Fred Westerbeke, visit...
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No justice in the Wild East

Russian fighterLHD Lawyers has filed a compensation claim in the European Court of Human Rights on May 9, 2016 against Russia and its ruler Vladimir Putin. The law office did so on behalf of 33 next of kin of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces were fighting in eastern Ukraine when the aircraft was downed. It seems likely that it was...
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New details about MH17 (or how to lie consistently?)

MH17-reportThe Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad published on October 17, 2015 an interview with the chairman of the Dutch Safety Board (DSB). It presents new details about the MH17 investigation and sheds light on the role of the Russian investigators. It appears that not all materials used in the investigation have been made public. The DSB has studied satellite images that were state secrets. The results have been incorporated in the report, but the content of the images will not be made public. The interviewer observes that pieces...
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MH17: a fairy tale blown up

Russian fighterWhen Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, Russian rulers came up with a fairy tale in an attempt to protect the pro-Russian separatists who launched the Buk missile that downed MH17. They claimed that MH17 was shot down by a nearby Ukrainian fighter plane, a Su-25. For 2 reasons this was an outright lie. First, the pro-Russian separatists’ (Russian) commander Igor Girkin – also known as Igor Strelkov - proudly tweeted minutes after the disaster they had just downed a plane. Second, it was...
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Russian rulers fall in their own sword

United Nations UkraineOn July 29, 2015, the UN Security Council votes on a draft resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute the culprits of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 in eastern Ukraine. Russia is the only member that casts a negative vote, 11 council members are in favor and 3 – including China – abstain. As Russia has the right of veto the resolution is rejected. But the vote clearly illustrates Russia’s political isolation. Russia is a regional power with a relatively...
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CNN: “Russian-backed rebels downed MH17”

Vliegveld EindhovenMalaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 people on board was downed over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, exactly 1 year ago. CNN reports there is evidence that a Buk missile -- a Russian surface-to-air missile -- launched from Russian rebel controlled territory shot down MH17. This is based on anonymous sources with knowledge of a draft investigative report by the Dutch Safety Board that leads the investigation. The Board has sent the draft report for review to...
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