Russia Update: Posts Deleted Last July at Strelkov’s Forum; Another Group Reports ‘Ukrainian’ Crash

July 17, 2015
Screen grab of a video taken shortly after the crash of MH17 near Snezhnoye.

A forum of, a site about military collectibles and historical re-enactment of battles moderated by former separatist commander Col. Igor Strelkov and tied to his VKontakte community “Strelkov’s Dispatches” shows signs of deletion of posts on July 17, 2014, the day flight MH17 was downed likely by Russian-backed separatists. Meanwhile, another social media group on VKontakte also mistakenly reported the downing of a “Ukrainian plane” last July 17.

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