Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Crashes in Ukraine


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Source: MH17 relatives asks Trump to talk to Putin

MH17 relatives asks Trump to talk to Putin
By Janene Pieters on November 9, 2018 - 15:50

Working group Truth-finding MH17 wrote a letter to United States president Donald Trump asking him to intervene on their behalf with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The working group, which consists of relatives of people who died when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, wants Trump to convince Putin to cooperate in the investigation and be open about what happened, according to the letter published by RTL Nieuws. [for full text scroll down]

In the letter, the relatives refer to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saudi Arabian governments' various versions of what happened to him. Trump called this "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups". The MH17 relatives believe Russia's attitude towards the MH17 disaster - constantly denying Russian involvement and releasing theories that do not correspond with the known facts - falls into this same category.

"In the recent tragic and brutal murder of Mister Khashoggi the world has reacted accordingly, pressing for the truth and not accepting any cover-ups. We hope that you agree that if a single innocent life calls for this, two hundred and ninety eight, including one US citizen, certainly qualify", the relatives write. "No responsibility has been taken, by anyone. Instead, several obvious attempts have been made to cover up what really happened on that horrific summer's day. Attempts by Russian Federation officials, backed and repeated by President Putin."

They hope that Trump will discuss the MH17 disaster with Putin and help them find out what happened to their loved ones. "As families we have a right to know what happened to our loved ones. We call on you Sir, in assisting us in our rightful quest. President Putin has answers we are entitled to hear. We call on you, to try and convince him that it is never too late for redemption."

Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17th, 2014. All 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch, were killed. Investigation by the Dutch Safety Board and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) so far revealed that the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down by a BUK missile system from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, fired from a field in Ukraine that was under the control of pro-Russian separatists at the time.

The JIT tracked a convoy of nearly 50 military vehicles, including the BUK that shot down MH17, from a 53rd Brigade parking area in Kursk to the border of Ukraine between June 23rd and 25th, 2014 - a few weeks before MH17 was shot down. Australia and the Netherlands officially held Russia accountable for its role in the MH17 disaster - providing the missile that shot down the plane - in May of this year.

In September Russia held a press conference in which the country said that the BUK missile was indeed made in Russia, but was in Ukrainian hands at the time of the disaster. Russia has been pointing the finger to Ukraine since the disaster happened. In October the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it is willing to discuss MH17 liability with the Netherlands, "partly with the goal of looking professionally at the responsibility of Ukraine".

Read the full text of the working group's letter to Trump below:

Wassenaar/New York City, October 28, 2018

To the President of the United States of America

Dear Mister Trump, Receiving news on a possible meeting between you and President Putin of Russia, we feel compelled to write to you. We are some thirty families of victims of Flight MH-17, shot down over Ukraine in 2014.

Recently you labeled the murder on Mister Jamal Khashoggi as ‘one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups’. Acknowledging we do not have all the facts here, we feel you may be right. As long as we can also agree on the fact that the enduring cover-up for 298 murders on all MH-17 passengers and crew, is in the same category. No responsibility has been taken, by anyone. Instead, several obvious attempts have been made to cover up what really happened on that horrific summer’s day. Attempts by Russian Federation officials, backed and repeated by President Putin.

Although we still cannot know what the exact Russian Federation’s role was, they have floated multiple versions of what must have happened – versions that have all have been refuted by the facts we do know, as well as by evidence provided by the Joint Investigating Team. We understand that confidential intelligence available to your government also fully sustains this notion.

In the recent tragic and brutal murder of Mister Khashoggi the world has reacted accordingly, pressing for the truth and not accepting any cover-ups. We hope that you agree that if a single innocent life calls for this, two hundred and ninety eight, including one US citizen, certainly qualify.

President Putin seems to work hard for regaining respect for the Russian people, and for himself to go down in history as a great statesman. If he truly is such a person, he must understand that that cover-up stories, especially the obvious ones in serious crimes such as the attack on MH-17, work against achieving that goal.

As families we have a right to know what happened to our loved ones. We call on you Sir, in assisting us in our rightful quest. President Putin has answers we are entitled to hear. We call on you, to try and convince him that it is never too late for redemption. Honoring our loved ones, for the good of this world.

– Working group Truth-finding MH-17

Also covered here: MH17 families appeal to Trump to press Putin for information


The Living Force
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Letter to the President said:
...versions that have all have been refuted by the facts we do know, as well as by evidence provided by the Joint Investigating Team. We understand that confidential intelligence available to your government also fully sustains this notion.
Very difficult to put oneself in the shoes of families that lost their loved ones; they need to so much believe in the evidence that is being presented, evidence that double downs on the Russians being at guilt provided by their own state-lead investigation. They take pains to point out the "evidence provided" by the JIT - who got much of it from the Ukraine right sector and shills like Bellingcat with innuendoes from the US back in the Obama days, is rock solid.

If the real perpetrators and methods of the shoot-down came to light (which there is evidence to point to and whereby the JIT refuses to acknowledge - not just so called versions), came to acceptance by the families and the world, oh boy, it would change so much.

At this point, I don't know if it is possible to conclude with a correct investigation, and I'm sure Trump has his understanding of the event that he must hold tight least things become more difficult for him then they are. However, anything is possible, and these families deserve the truth of the matter, not a projection that is designed to vilify while protecting simply some awful mean and deceptive people.


The Living Force
I hear you and concur. :hug2:

Given the fact that they have to navigate our reality without the guidance of the C's input nor possess the capacity to analyze it deeply by their own means, it's only natural that the surviving relatives have to recourse to these desperate calls for help or assistance to anybody who would hear them out and maybe respond in any which way that soothes their frustrations.

It's a sordid state of affairs and very difficult to discern any possibility for learning anything for anyone involved -- neutral bystanders included.


The Living Force
Source: Dutch law firm enters MH17 affray, takes Russia to European Court -

Dutch law firm enters MH17 affray, takes Russia to European Court

November 23, 2018

An Amsterdam law firm has handed in a formal complaint against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the relatives of 55 people who died in the MH17 disaster.

Beers Advocaten accuses Russia of contravening the victim’s human rights when it shot down the Malaysia Airlines plan above eastern Ukraine in 2014, and because it has frustrated the investigation into the incident.

‘My clients have the impression that Russia has not delivered important information to the Joint Investigation Team,’ lawyer Veeru Mewa told broadcaster NOS (in Dutch). ‘In addition, Russia has come forward with facts which have later transpired not to be true.’

The De Beer case has been put before the court today because it is six months since the investigators presented evidence of Russian involvement. According to the rules of the court, a case must be submitted no more than six months after the presentation of new evidence.

If the case is accepted by the court, it could take five to seven years to be processed.

In total, 298 people died when MH17 was brought down, most of whom were Dutch. Russia has continuously denied any involvement. has asked Beer Advocaten for comment.

The Dutch case is not the first MH17-related case before the courts. In 2016, US lawyer Jerry Skinner placed a claim for €330m with the court on behalf of victims in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. That case was joined by 238 relatives of Dutch victims last June.


The Living Force
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Here is an interrelated article by John Helmer:


By John Helmer, Moscow
It will be thirty years later this month since a bomb exploded on board Pan American Flight PA 103 (lead image, left), en route from London to New York. The false narrative of the British and US governments, contrived at the time to blame Libya and warrant the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, required falsification of evidence and the conviction in a rigged court proceeding of the wrong man. It has also required spying to disrupt the efforts of the families of those killed to uncover the truth.

The extent of that operation was exposed last week in a partial release of British Government documents from the UK’s National Archives. Among the spy operations revealed were telephone taps, hacking into computers, and interference with emails.

The archive disclosures also show that the same modus operandi has been under way since 2014 to fabricate blame for the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (lead image, right) over Ukraine, and justify global sanctions against Russia, plus operations to overthrow President Vladimir Putin.

But thirty years of state secrets to warrant state lying aren’t long enough to hold those responsible for the lies to account, or for the truth to prevail against them.

PA 103 was destroyed over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. It had taken off from London and was at cruising altitude one hour into its flight to New York, when a bomb in the cargo hold exploded. All 259 passengers on board were killed, together with 11 people on the ground.

Murdoch newspaper covers: left, February 24, 2011; right, October 20, 2011.

The 30-year rule for withholding state documents on the case is now expiring at the National Archives. A preliminary report by a Murdoch newspaper claimed last week to have “seen” the documents, but it is not publishing them directly or in full. The report of the files appears in the Scotland section of Friday’s Times newspaper. The same story also appears in the Scottish Sun.

The report reveals that officials of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government agreed on special, secret measures “for careful watching” of the relatives of the dead passengers in their attempts to investigate the evidence of what had happened. The newspaper report does not identify by name the Foreign Office officials whose correspondence to the Scottish Lord Advocate (Scotland’s state prosecutor) and to Thatcher was seen. Nor are details of the surveillance and hacking operations revealed, nor the role which the mainstream media and their reporters played in the official deception.

Source: The Times, November 30, 2018.

The newspaper report appears to confirm that most of the British government’s files on the Lockerbie case continue to be withheld; the most sensitive of them may have been destroyed to prevent public disclosure, victim representatives believe. The Murdoch media, which have led the public falsification, are unrepentant.

(In the US the principal prosecutor of the Libyan culpability case was Robert Mueller, now the special prosecutor of indictments of alleged Russian meddling in US politics. Three years after the Lockerbie attack, Mueller was acting deputy attorney general in charge of the November 1991 indictment of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan later convicted of the attack. )

The Foreign Office told reporters last week: “We will not be commenting on the contents of our archive files.”

Additional reporting in Scotland and by Channel Four television in London quotes Aamer Anwar, a lawyer for al-Megrahi, as saying: “’It comes as no surprise that the security services were instructed to spy on those British relatives who to date have never given up in their pursuit of the truth’…Anwar said it was shocking that the British state still refused to release documents, while destroying some as legal proceedings continued: ‘My clients see this as an attempt to pervert the course of justice … I have written to the Lord Advocate seeking full disclosure of all relevant material found by the police.’”

In the case of MH17, the British courts have refused to open government files or allow lawyers for the next of kin to determine the cause of death for the ten British nationals killed on board the aircraft. The decision to suppress coroner’s court hearings in Britain was taken by the Home Secretary in July 2014, now Prime Minister Theresa May. For details of how this was done, read this. The Australian Government has gone further, suppressing the secret intelligence and legal memoranda exchanged between the Attorney-General and Prime Minister which conclude that the case for Russian culpability is unsustainable; for the details, read this.

The same operations for planting fabricated evidence in the Murdoch press and other mainstream media, suppression of contrary evidence, and surveillance, computer hacking, and discrediting of alternative sources continue to be implemented by the Dutch and Australian secret services. One difference, though. The organizations of relatives of victims of the Lockerbie attack – mostly British and Americans – have proved to be better organized and more tenacious over the years, and far more hostile towards the state versions of what had happened. For a selection of the books making their case, click to open.

The shooting-down of MH17 killed 298 passengers and crew. Not one family member has publicly challenged the Russian culpability story.

Dutch sources say they believe that Dutch Foreign Ministry and secret services have combined to keep the families of the MH17 victims under constant surveillance. They have been encouraged to instruct lawyers promoting cases against Russian targets in local, European and US courts. They have been deterred from speaking to reporters known to be critical of the official version of what caused the destruction of the aircraft.

Australian, and possibly US, secret service agents were visible during a coroner’s court hearing in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2015. That was the first of only two coroner’s court proceedings to have taken place worldwide; the other took place in Sydney in May 2016. The coroners were required by Australian law to investigate the deaths of the 28 Australian citizens or permanent residents on board MH17. For the manipulation of evidence during the Sydney court proceeding, click to read.

Murdoch newspaper covers: left, the London Sun, July 18, 2014; right, the Melbourne Herald Sun, October 14, 2015.

In the Melbourne proceeding I was in court and watched as a group of government agents, men and women, worked to shield families of the victims from being approached and questioned by journalists. A row of reporters sat together at the rear of the courtroom; the families in the main rows of seats in the well of the court. I sat directly behind one of the families. As soon as I started asking questions of a family member, a woman in her mid-30s tried to stop me by claiming I was speaking too loudly; the coroner was not present and the proceeding was not under way at the time. The agent then whispered to other family members, and my conversation was stopped.

I reported at the time: “In court, in addition to members of the Coroner’s staff, there was one government intelligence agent who kept his official identification tag inside his coat, and refused to say whether he was an Australian or American national. That agent, a man in his thirties, was visible during a break in the proceedings in the court lobby. He appeared to be an American.”

Also: “The court heard that the survivors of the crash victims have been regularly briefed and counselled by Australian Government officials. They have also been coached not to answer press questions, although one admitted his family had been allowed to meet lawyers. Three statements were given in evidence at the inquest by representatives of the victims. One from members of the Van Den Hende family — Shaliza Dewal, her husband Hans Van Den Hende and their three children Piers, 15, Marnix, 12, and daughter Margaux, 8, were killed – said media reports of the crash were unreliable and unconvincing: “we are unsure who or what to believe.”

I reported at the time: “In court, in addition to members of the Coroner’s staff, there was one government intelligence agent who kept his official identification tag inside his coat, and refused to say whether he was an Australian or American national. That agent, a man in his thirties, was visible during a break in the proceedings in the court lobby. He appeared to be an American.”
This was one of the "events" that had me wondering early on if how I saw the World was correct. It was 2001 that woke me up completely but Lockerbie was an early alarm bell.

For those interested check out ..... wow, only now I have found out that he is dead. For a long time he was in jail and it looks like "they" would not allow him to live out his life in peace. He died in 2012.

I am referring to Lester Knox Coleman III, may his soul rest in peace !!!! Shame shame on the like of Bushes that I am sure eliminated this poor soul. The man simply knew too much.

If you can get the book do it -" Trail of the Octopus: From Beirut to Lockerbie – Inside the DIA ".

Coleman went to Sweden in hope of finding refuge (just like Asange) and found NONE. But Karma is requiring payment and Sweden is paying for their "good deeds". Olaf Palma was another one that tried to do good in Sweden and was eliminated by the Swedish Bush Club.


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Read this article also just posted by John Helmer, which is a discussion on the evidence as seen through the lens of Kees van der Pijl , the Dutch professor (who has a book out on the subject not read).

I'll let the article do the talking (Helmer is not without his criticisms and this is prefaced with the additional possibilities (as discussed on the forum and in articles on SoTT) of an explosive initiator that may have been planted on the plane at departure, whereby the plane was also strafed with gunfire from military jets.):

By John Helmer, Moscow

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

One side of a well-used coin is the maxim that truth is the first casualty of war. The other side of the coin is that lying is the first weapon of war. According to the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu, that’s because all warfare is based on deception. He meant that lying – propaganda, camouflage, false flags, disinformation, infowar, cyber war — is a precondition for winning battles at least, if not wars. As the US military learned since Vietnam, lying is no guarantee of winning.

In this valuable compendium of research on how the US war on Ukraine started in 2014, and why, Kees van der Pijl, a Dutch professor who has taught in England since 2000, spells out his case that the destruction of Ukraine, like the shooting-down of MH17, is the means to a bigger strategic end. “Just as Gorbachev was forced to sign the act of capitulation in 1991,” van der Pijl argues, “the current Western campaign against 'Putin’ aims at a complete surrender of Russia; that is, pro-Western regime change in Moscow – a process which the Trump presidency has effectively been compelled to continue.”

Even if that’s a war the US can’t win or will lose, van der Pijl’s conclusion is there’s no stopping the war now. Certainly, truth-telling won’t do the trick because “there are no instances of the United States withdrawing from a warlike posture.”

The first remarkable thing about the book is that it has been published at all.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was destroyed in the air over eastern Ukraine at 16:20 in the afternoon of July 17, 2014 (09:20 US Eastern Standard Time). All 298 people on board were killed by the decompression of the aircraft; the majority was Dutch, Australian and Malaysian. They were dead by the time they hit the ground. Their bodies have been recovered, identified, repatriated to their kin, grieved over, buried. The Boeing 777 broke up in the air at 10,000 metres, falling over an area on the ground of about 15 square kilometres . Less than half of the aircraft has been recovered. The parts sit in a hangar at the Gilze-Rijen Air Base, an hour south of Amsterdam, partially reconstructed. Every form of technical and forensic analysis available has been performed, recorded, and until now kept from most of the world — but not kept secret.

From autopsies, X-rays and CT scans of body parts, metal spectroscopy of warhead shrapnel, radar and radio tapes, photographs, videoclips, interviews with pathologists, police, prosecutors and lawyers, and analysis of what should have been witnessed but was not, not everything is certain. What is certain is that no Russian-fired Buk missile caused the destruction of MH17.

According to van der Pijl (right), the evidence that the downing of the aircraft was a Russian crime – indeed, a crime ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin – is a lie fabricated from the start in Kiev by officials working for President Petro Poroshenko and then-Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk. Twenty-fours later, it was proclaimed by the US Government to the world at a United Nations Security Council session on July 18, 2014. What is now sure is that this was a lie. A lie which escalated a small civil war between eastern and western Ukrainian regions and ethnic groups into a worldwide war between the US and its allies against Russia, China and their allies.

There have been three points when the threshold was crossed between the lie and the truth. The first was in April 2015
when the two Dutch intelligence agencies, AIVD and MIVD concluded that there had been no transfer of Russian anti-aircraft missiles across the Ukrainian border into eastern Ukraine before MH17 was shot down; and that the anti-aircraft weapons the anti-Kiev forces already had – the Dutch report calls them “separatists” – were unable to strike at the altitude of civilian airliners crossing Ukrainian airspace. The downing of a Ukrainian military Antonov An-26 on July 14, MIVD said, “was not consistent with a hit by a powerful anti-aircraft system” and “the information received from the MIVD does not point to the use of a powerful air defence system.” Read the Dutch report here.

“Prior to the crash,”, the Dutch secret services revealed nine months after the MH17 crash, “ the MIVD knew that, in addition to light aircraft artillery, the Separatists also possessed short-range portable air defence systems (man-portable air-defence systems; MANPADS) and that they possibly possessed short-range vehicle-borne air-defence systems. Both types of systems are considered surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Due to their limited range they do not constitute a danger to civil aviation at cruising altitude” [emphasis added].

“On 29 June 2014, the Separatists captured a Ukrainian armed forces military base in Donetsk. At this base, there were Buk missile systems. These are powerful anti-aircraft systems. This development was reported extensively in the media prior to the crash. The MIVD also received intelligence information on the subject, on 30 June and 3 July 2014 as well as on other dates. During the course of July, several reliable sources indicated that the systems that were at the military base were not operational. Therefore, they could not be used by the Separatists” [emphasis added].”

“Even though there was information pointing to the fact that the Separatists had been supplied with heavy weapons by the Russian Federation, there were no indications that these were powerful anti-aircraft systems.”

“The Russian and the Ukrainian armed forces did have the capacity and potential to hit a civil aircraft at cruising altitude. However, they did not have the intention. There were no indications that they were engaged in activities (such as preparations) targeting civil aviation. There were no indications that the Separatists had the capacity to hit civil air traffic at cruising altitude. Moreover, there were no indications that they would target civil air traffic or that they were engaged in activities with this objective in mind. Prior to the crash, the MIVD and the AIVD did not possess any information that indicated that one or more of the three actors involved in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine displayed a combination of military resources, possibilities or the intention to shoot down a civil aeroplane at cruising altitude. The AIVD and the MIVD did not receive any information from partner services either that explicitly or implicitly pointed to a risk to civil aviation above Eastern Ukraine.” By partner services, the Dutch were pointing at the CIA and NATO military intelligence.

The second threshold for the MH17 truth was crossed in March 2017. That month in Canberra the Australian Attorney-General sent a classified memorandum to his Prime Minister saying there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the destruction of the airliner and loss of life had been caused by the act of terrorism alleged by Ukraine, the US and the NATO allies. This meant that according to the provisions of the Supporting Australian Victims
of Terrorism Overseas Act and the Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP), the Australian Government lacked the legal authority to pay out to the families of the Australian passengers on MH17 the $75,000 to which each of them was entitled by the terrorism law. Then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) was asked to explain. He replied through a spokesman: “The criminal investigation of MH17 is ongoing. The outcomes of this investigation could be relevant in determining whether this incident should be declared for the purposes of the Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment scheme.” The words are italicized to show the Australians knew then they couldn’t substantiate the allegation of a Russian crime which they were proclaiming in public.

The third threshold for truth-telling came in September 2018 when the Russian Defence Ministry presented evidence of the serial numbers of two Buk missile parts, exhaust nozzle (venturi) and engine casing, which had been recovered from the crash scene and transported to The Netherlands. The Dutch prosecutors, along with their Australian and Ukrainian counterparts on the Dutch-based Joint Investigation Team (JIT) prosecuting the crime, published these numbers in May 2018, along with an appeal for others to come forward with further evidence of the missile’s origin and its location when fired at MH17.

The Russian answer followed four months later. The new evidence is that the weapon had been manufactured at the Dolgoprudny plant, near Moscow, in December 1986; shipped by train to a Soviet military unit at the end of that month; and signed for at its destination in Terebovlya, south of Lvov (Lviv) in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine. The Buk missile remained in the unit’s stock when in 1992 it was renamed the 223rd missile brigade of the Ukrainian Army. In mid-2014 that unit was in action in eastern Ukraine, in the area from which the Dutch aviation safety board and the JIT say the missile was fired at MH17.

There has been one other, less well-known threshold. In the only court proceeding to examine what caused the deaths of the MH17
passengers, according to international rules of evidence – a coroner’s court hearing in Melbourne, Australia in December 2015 — a report surfaced by the Australian forensic pathologist who had worked at the mortuary in The Netherlands where the victims’ remains were transported from the crash site. He reported then, and subsequently in court, that the distinctively shaped shrapnel identifying the Buk missile alleged to have been fired was missing from the bodies.

In a world where truth can be recognized from falsehood what ought to have happened when each of these thresholds was crossed? It’s this conclusion: the attack which destroyed MH17 originated from a Ukrainian military unit firing a Ukrainian missile. Anything less fails to satisfy the test of beyond reasonable doubt — the standard Anglo-American legal threshold for a criminal prosecution. Even on the civil law standard of balance of probabilities, which courts require for judging causation and compensation, there is no foundation for assigning blame to the Russian state leadership, the military command, or a unit supplying and directing the fighters of Donbass and Lugansk.

So why does the entire western world, including a majority of the United Nations Security Council membership; the European Union’s executives bodies, the governments of the NATO alliance states and Australia, plus the mainstream media – why do most of you believe otherwise? Why has the lie prevailed when the truth is clear?

The answer is spelled out in van der Pijl’s book, and in the sources he has identified so that readers can check and think for themselves. Of the book’s 198 pages, 62 pages are references; that’s almost a third. Very few are Russian. The most important of van der Pijl’s sources are Ivan Katchanovski, the Canadian academic who has exposed the lies of the Maidan massacre which led to the regime change in Kiev of February 21, 2014; and Max van der Werff, the Dutch author of, which has exposed the faking of photo, video, audio and witness claims by the Ukrainian secret service and its NATO-financed megaphone, Bellingcat.
Left to right: Kees van der Pijl; Ivan Katchanovski; Max van der Werff.

Following after them, the universities and think-tanks of the US and Europe, all without exception, have devised false evidence and pseudo-argument to make the case for Russian culpability.

The absence of Russian references in the book indicates how thoroughly the Russian intelligentsia and media, including expensive Kremlin-directed outlets like Sputnik, RT and the Valdai Club, have failed to substantiate the truth. The only credible Russian source on the MH17 story for the past four years has been the Russian Defence Ministry and its principal spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov. But even they have made mistakes they have failed to acknowledge when they know better. More seriously, they haven’t allowed impromptu questioning at their press briefings, nor in exchanges of emails.

Konashenkov’s briefing (with English voiceover) tying the Buk serial numbers to the Ukrainian military finger which fired it has been watched by just fourteen thousand viewers. If the numbers were in millions, would the truth be more powerful than it has proved so far? Van der Pijl’s book explains why not.


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