Bellingcat found out the name of the organizer of transportation “shot down MH-17 Beech”

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The transportation “Buck”, according to the investigators, shot down flight MH17 in the Donbas, controlled by retired Russian officer Sergey Dubinsky, appeared in the media as the commander of the intelligence DNI under the pseudonym Gloomy

International expert and journalist group Bellingcat, which deals with the search of data from open sources, February 15, presented the report “Who so Gloomy”: a retired major General, is associated with the fall of the MH-17″. The authors of the investigation identified members of the armed forces of the breakaway Donetsk national Republic (DND) Gloomy, is responsible for transportation of the launcher rocket complex “Buk”. Them, according to the Bellingcat investigation, turned out to be a retired Russian officer Sergey Dubinsky.

Bellingcat transmits the received data of the combined group of investigators (JIT Joint Investigation Team), which is conducting a criminal investigation into the death of Boeing MH17, shot down in the Donbass in July 2014. The composition of this group includes representatives of the investigative bodies of Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine.

Experts Bellingcat also sent JIT data on the activities of the 69-th separate brigade logistics support of the Armed forces of Ukraine (military unit No. 11385). As pointed out by the investigating officers, the military units involved in transportation launcher “Buk” to the Russian-Ukrainian border in June and July 2014. Bellingcat has examined the pages of the military in social networks and found a large number of photographs taken in the Rostov region during the transporting unit. The photographs depict military equipment recorded by eyewitnesses.

RBC made a formal request to the defense Ministry about the results of the investigation Bellingcat. Earlier, the defense Ministry criticized the study group for the collapse of the liner. According to the Russian military, reports of the group is based on the “pseudopotto” and falsification of data about the crash of MH17.

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In April 2015, the JIT has published phone conversations of separatists discussing details of the crash and the transportation of the missile launcher system “Buk”. JIT gave one of the entries of the SBU.

On the recording the voices of the two supporters of the NPT, Gloomy and Buryat. The separatists discussed the transfer of the Gloomy Beech installation and transportation of guns. SBU experts determined that the voice of the fighter with a call sign Gloomy belongs to Sergei Nikolaevich Petrovskiy, a retired officer of the Russian army. According to Ukrainian law enforcers, Peter served in military intelligence, the GRU, and retired in 2014.

The person posing as Peter’s (Gloomy), up to 2015, a few times gave an interview to the Russian media as the head of the main intelligence Directorate of the DPR, Deputy Minister of defence DND Igor strelkov. According to Bellingcat, these interviews are not relevant to the present Gloomy.

“Bad soldiers”

Figuring out the real identity Petrovsky, Bellingcat found his profile on a military history forum “Antiques”. During the discussion of hostilities in the South-East of Ukraine the user “Bad men” had Peter’s and called himself “Deputy Minister of defence DND exploration”. This information was publicly confirmed by Igor Strelkov, was on the “Antiques” under the pseudonym Cotic.

Investigators have identified the real name of Petrovskogo with the help of email archive Igor strelkov, published by the hacker group “Humpty Dumpty”. In April 2014, Strelkov was directed a message ‘ “”. In a letter to the unknown asked strelkov, not if he forgot about the bison. Bellingcat was able to find a few social media profiles associated with email address.

On the forum of the 108th motorized rifle regiment, who from 1979 to 1989, he participated in military actions in Afghanistan, the unknown user has specified the name of Sergei Dubinsky, years of service in the Department and personal mail, which coincides with the address published by the group of hackers. Specified by the user of the forum phone operates, but the man raised his pipe, told RBC that he had nothing to do with Dubinsky or Small.

At the same forum users later posted a picture of Dubinsky in military uniform with combat awards — in this picture he is not like man, who gave a video interview to the Russian media in 2014-2015. One of the participants of the discussion called callsigns Dubinsky: Gloomy, bison, Buffalo, Petrovsky and said that took place with the officer serving in Afghanistan.

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Investigators were able to detect the profile of Dubinsky in the social network “Odnoklassniki”. In the fall of 2014 Dubinsky has published on his page of photos with actor Mikhail Porechenkov who visited Donetsk in October, and actor Ivan Okhlobystin. Later Okhlobystin published in your profile photo hours, which gave him a Frown. The photograph also shows the identity of the major-General Sergey Petrovsky, signed by Prime Minister DND Alexander Zakharchenko.

According to the decree of Aksayskiy district court of the Rostov region, in April 2015, Dubinsky was appointed military pension for years of service. The decision stated that the officer served in military units No. 61019 No. 11659 (22-th separate brigade of the GRU) and No. 51019 (single radio unit for special purpose). The last military unit is located in the Steppe of the Rostov region. According to open sources, in the name of Sergei Dubinsky, living in the Steppe, it was three cars. Date of birth — August 9, 1962, specified in the database matches the information on the personal page of an officer in a social network “Schoolmates”. As it turned out, Peter for more than 30 years served in the Soviet and Russian army.

In the Bellingcat investigation also indicated that in the summer of 2016 Dubinsky posted on his page a photo of a new home, where a retired officer moved to 2015. Dubinsky also posted a picture of ATV Can-Am Commander XT. On the website of the manufacturer on the vehicle price — from $15 thousand

Bellingcat — international expert and journalist group founded on 15 July 2014, the British journalist Eliot Higgins. The team’s task is to unite citizen journalists to investigate current events. Now the main project Bellingcat — investigation of the circumstances of the crash Malaysian Boeing. The command also oversees a military campaign in Syria, including the actions of Russian soldiers. In their reports, the Bellingcat based on open sources: videos and photos posted in social networks, satellite imagery. Bellingcat exists on private donations collected through the crowdfunding service Kickstarter. The team employs more than two dozen people and a large number of volunteers who help the project free of charge.

The accuracy of the information Bellingcat sometimes questioned by foreign media.

Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in the sky above the Donbass July 17, 2014. Aboard flight MH17 was carrying 298 people, most of whom were citizens of the Netherlands. They all died.

In September 2016 JIT unveiled the first results of the investigation. During the presentation the head of the Central criminal investigation Department of the National police of the Netherlands Wilbert Paulissen and the public Prosecutor of the Netherlands Fred Westerbeke stated that “Buk”, which was used to shoot down MH17 was taken on the DPR territory from Russia. As evidence, the investigators had provided photographs and eyewitness accounts, location data of the missile launch site and animated the model reconstruction.

The Russian side has repeatedly refuted the findings of the JIT. In September 2016, the Russian defense Ministry has provided data to the radar complex “Utes-T”, located in the Rostov region. According to the report of the chief of radio engineering troops of the Russian aerospace defence forces major General Andrew Coban, “Utes-T” were not recorded of the launch rocket “earth — air” on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed republics.

The official Russian version of the MH-17 was shot down by a launcher system “Buk”, but the territory under control of the Ukrainian military. As evidence of this version in 2014, the chief of the main operations Directorate of the General staff Andrey Kartapolov presented satellite images. They military has recorded move launchers “Buk” the Ukrainian army. Also, this version is confirmed by calculations of the manufacturer of the systems “Buk” of the concern “Almaz-Antey”. As pointed out by experts, the missiles were launched near the village of zaroshchens’ke, which, according to the defense Ministry of Russia, was at that time under the control of the Ukrainian army.


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