Hornet’s Nest Over MH17


VT: Today, RT reported that a Russian blogger was raided by police over issues tied to MH 17.  This is what we understand thus far:

The blogger, named Dobrokhotov, is being sued by a Dutch investigator that says the investigation of MH 17 blaming Russia was false.

RT alleges the Russian blogger works for or is tied to Bellingcat, a fake news agency heavily promoted by Google that VT believes is run by NATO.

Dobrokhotov says the Dutch Blogger, Max Van der Werff, whose video we have above, works for the GRU in Moscow.  VT’s own version of events is published here:

Blockbuster: The MH 17 False Flag, One of Many, Published in Russia

This is another video with English language where Van der Werff is interviewed.

The RT Story:

Moscow police raid apartment of The Insider’s editor Dobrokhotov: Bellingcat-linked outlet is subject of MH17 defamation case

Moscow police raid apartment of The Insider's editor Dobrokhotov: Bellingcat-linked outlet is subject of MH17 defamation case
Police in Moscow have raided the home of Roman Dobrokhotov, editor-in-chief of Russian investigative outlet The Insider, in connection to a defamation case. His publication has been accused of lying about a Dutch researcher.

The search comes less than a week after the website he founded was labeled a ‘foreign agent’ by the authorities.

Dobrokhotov revealed on social media early on Wednesday morning that police officers had come to his flat.

“It seemed like I am being searched. The police are knocking on my door,” he wrote on Twitter. “Litovsky Boulevard 5/10, Apartment 164. A lawyer would not hurt.”

According to Oksana Oparenko, a lawyer working for Dobrokhotov, the search is part of an investigation into a defamation case brought by Dutch researcher Max van der Werff. “Roman Dobrokhotov is a witness in the case,” she said, noting that the case was filed against unidentified people.

She claimed that police seized his passport during the search of his apartment. He had been planning to get on an international flight later on Wednesday, Oparenko added.

Van der Werff has already publicly accused Dobrokhotov of libeling him after The Insider claimed that the Dutchman secretly cooperates with the GRU, Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency, to spread information about the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17 that was shot down over Ukrainian territory in July 2014.

The search comes just five days after The Insider’s Latvia-registered legal entity and five of its journalists were added to the Justice Ministry’s list of foreign agents. Outlets put on the list must submit detailed financial reports every quarter and are required to preface everything they publish with a text informing readers about their status.

The Insider is best known for its cooperation with British investigative collective Bellingcat. The pair most recently accused the Russian authorities of attempting to poison the famous comedy writer Dmitry Bykov.


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  1. Interesting acts about MH17:
    Rebels in Donbass had shot down a large 4 engine Ukrainian military cargo jet two days before in the same area as MH17 went down using Mobile Missle Launcher.
    Crew members parachuted to safety.
    Two Ukrainian jet fighters also shot down same day in same area and their pilots killed.
    Cargo jet most probably was used as a radar shield for the smaller jets trailing behind it.

    Ukrainian air force then staged a revenge operation, this time using MH17 instead of risking a military jet again.
    So the rebels shot down MH17 thinking it was another Ukrainian military cargo jet.
    The two fighter jets radar shielded by MH17 got away this time. Their mission was to destroy the MML as soon as they turned on their radar but it didn’t go to plan but did go to plan to immediately blame Russia.

  2. Higgins has received significant praise and support from human rights groups, journalists, and non-profit organisations.
    In 2013, Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch said “Brown Moses is among the best out there when it comes to weapons monitoring in Syria”. The New York Times war reporter C.J. Chivers said, in 2013, that fellow journalists owe a debt to Higgins’ investigative reporting in Syria.

    In 2019 he was announced as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Global Thinkers.

    Higgins was born in Shrewsbury in January 1979. A high-school dropout, he attended Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School in Shropshire from 1990–95.


  3. Bellingcat has suggested that the anti-aircraft missile that hit the plane was fired by a Russian unit.

    Higgins’ analyses of Syrian weapons, which began as a hobby out of his home in his spare time, are frequently cited by the press and human rights groups and have led to parliamentary discussion. His Brown Moses Blog began in March 2012 by covering the Syrian conflict. Higgins operates by monitoring over 450 YouTube channels daily looking for images of weapons and tracking when new types appear in the war, where, and with whom. According to Guardian reporter Matthew Weaver, Higgins has been “hailed as something of a pioneer” for his work. Higgins has no background or training in weapons and is entirely self-taught, saying that “Before the Arab spring I knew no more about weapons than the average Xbox owner. I had no knowledge beyond what I’d learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rambo.”

    From 2016 until early 2019, Higgins was a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab and Future Europe Initiative projects. In 2018 Higgins was a visiting research associate at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and visiting research fellow at University of California Berkeley’s Human Rights Center. In October of that year, Higgins was the subject of BBC Radio Four’s programme Profile.

    Higgins began reporting on the use of improvised barrel bombs by the Syrian government in 2012,

    • Gordon Duff is absolutely right. Bellingcat has been caught lying so many times.

    • What so-called missile leaves 30mm round holes, like a 30mm cannon does? HRW is a joke, as is anything out of the Atlantic Council. Bellingcat? You have to be kidding. Also love the way you threw in ‘barrel bombs’, nice touch.

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