Tag: Strelkov’s Dispatches

Russia Update: Did Col. Strelkov Report the Downing of MH17 Before Other Social Media Users?

July 16, 2015

Pro-separatist social media indicates that the Russian-backed fighters bragged about downing a plane they thought was a Ukrainian AN-26 cargo plane. Yet outside of VKontakte or any other separatist social media, ultimately, it’s the official or loyal Russian press that contains the most damning trails of information about the separatists’ brag. Welcome to our column, […]

Russia This Week: Siberian Group Seeking Greater Autonomy is Censored (28 July – 2 August)

August 2, 2014

Updated Daily. A group seeking greater autonomy for Siberia found its web page, VKontakte community and Twitter account censored as well as an interview with its leader in slon.ru. A rally organized by Russian ultranationalists in support of the separatists fighting in southeastern Ukraine had a very low turnout. Young Russian men cheered a Russian […]

Assessing the Authenticity of Statements from Strelkov and Other Russian-Backed Separatists in Ukraine

July 25, 2014

As we have reported, the statement posted to the VKontakte group “Strelkov’s Dispatches” on 17 July within 20 minutes of the downing of the Malaysian airliner MH17 is not a hoax or a fake. While some journalists have impugned the reference, we have explained that it represents a genuine report that came from him or […]

Was Col. Strelkov’s Dispatch About a Downed “Ukrainian Plane” Authentic?

July 18, 2014

When regular watchers of the news from the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” saw the latest dispatch on 17 July from Col. Igor Strelkov, the self-appointed “Defense Minister” of the DPR, they realized that the pro-Russian separatists didn’t know yet what had happened. Donetsk commander Strelkov, longtime Russian agent, claimed credit today for shooting plane he […]