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Anti-Russia allegations over the МН17 case in the Dutch media
On March 5, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant ran a story titled “Russian manipulation and sabotage in the MH17 case,” which claims that Russia did everything in its power to hinder the investigation of the plane crash.
Huib Modderkolk and Tom Kreling, who contributed many other anti-Russia reports in the past, claim this time that Russia tried to directly influence members of the investigation team. In particular, Russian intelligence agents were allegedly involved in incidents with investigation experts, such as surveillance, theft of databases, telephone tapping and hacking attacks.
Modderkolk and Kreling cite anonymous sources in the Dutch intelligence services and the Joint Investigation Team in the spirit of Western media “spy scandals.” Lacking reliable facts, they refer to sources whose reliability cannot be verified, as well as to the infamous Bellingcat investigation resource, which has fuelled many scandals by posting fake news, including about the MH17 case, and is known to be politically biased against Russia.
We consider their latest contribution as yet another attempt to divert attention from serious discrepancies in the presumably only possible version based on “the Russian connection” in the tragedy.
The report published by Volkskrant, which is known to have close ties with the Dutch political elites, is part of a disinformation campaign against Russia that has been lately gathering momentum in the Dutch media. It appears that its initiators are trying to influence the outcome of the MH17 trial, which began at the District Court of The Hague on March 9.