[Marxism] Fwd: bellingcat - The Kremlin's Shifting, Self-Contradicting Narratives on MH17 - bellingcat

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 6 05:52:37 MST 2018

Just a few hours after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 
(MH17), the circumstances that caused the tragedy came to light: a 
Buk-M1 Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system was fired by either 
Russian-led separatists or Russian forces from an area near Snizhne, 
Ukraine, leading to the death of 298 civilians aboard the passenger 
plane. Over three years since the downing, every credible investigation 
into the tragedy has confirmed this initial claim, with each photograph, 
video, and independent forensic investigation reinforcing the 
“Russian/separatist Buk” claim and adding new details that give us a 
greater understanding of how this incident happened. In short, the 
“narrative” from Western governments, the official Dutch criminal and 
forensic investigations, and the site you are reading now has been linear.

This same linear trajectory towards greater clarity and away from 
self-contradiction cannot be attributed to the Kremlin’s narrative, or 
narratives, related to MH17. On July 21, 2014, just four days after the 
downing, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) held a press conference 
that made a series of self-contradictory claims blaming Ukraine, rather 
than Russia or Russian-led separatists, for the Boeing 777’s shoot down. 
Today, the Kremlin–via its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Ministry 
of Defense, state-funded media outlets, and state-funded defense company 
“Almaz-Antey”–has silently abandoned, while never explicitly retracting, 
nearly every piece of evidence it presented four days after the downing.


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