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About Bellingcat

Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects – from Mexican drug lords and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and conflicts worldwide. With staff and contributors in more than 20 countries around the world, we operate in a unique field where advanced technology, forensic research, journalism, investigations, transparency and accountability come together.

Our Work
Bellingcat’s innovative approaches to using publicly available data and citizen journalist analysis have been particularly significant for advancing narratives of conflict, crime, and human rights abuses. We have produced investigations on these issues in coordination with partners and allies and expanded our training so that a growing corps of citizen journalists is poised to pursue these stories alongside us.

Our most popular investigations over the past year include:

  • Determining the true identities of the Skripal poisoners as GRU officers Anatoliy Chepiga and Dr. Alexander Mishkin
  • debunk of far-right activist Jacob Wohl's shoddy smear against Robert Mueller with a fake sexual assault allegation
  • Discovery of privacy vulnerabilities for a fitness app Polar, similar to the Strava leaks in January 2018
  • Revealing how Ukrainian far-right fighters, including some white supremacists, were trained by a major European security agency
  • Identification of the separatist figures tied to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine from July 2014

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