English platform linked to Russian Military, MH17 disinformation campaign: Report

Members of the Russian secret service are controlling English-language media platform Bonanza Media, international research collective Bellingcat reported on Thursday. Emails intercepted by hackers show that the platform exists solely to spread disinformation, mostly about the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, according to Bellingcat

Dutch blogger Max van der Werff and Russian journalist Jana Jerlasjova have been publishing stories on MH17 through Bonanza Media since 2019, mostly raising doubts about the findings of the Joint Investigation Team – a team of investigators from the countries affected by the disaster set to find out who was responsible for downing the plane.

Russian whistleblowers shared telephone data from two Russian officers with Bellingcat. This shows that the two Russian secret service officers had regular contact with Bonanza Media, Bellingcat said. According to the the collective, the officers were also allowed to see Bonanza Media articles and production before they were published. And Van der Werff and Jerlasjova were given access to areas in eastern Ukraine that were closed to other journalists at the time. 

It is unclear whether the Russians initiated the foundation of the platform. It is also unclear whether Russia is funding it, Bellingcat said. 

What is clear, is that the Russians are using Bonanza Media to try and influence the trial against the first four men suspected of involvement in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing, according to Bellingcat. Bonanza Media reports were used by the lawyer representing Oleg Pulatov as evidence. Pulatov is the only one of the four suspects putting up a defense in the trial in the Netherlands

(c) NLTimes

2 comments

  • “Bonanza Media reports were used by the lawyer representing Oleg Pulatov as evidence.”

    Meaning they are using Kremlin “evidence”. We all know what that consists of. The British authorities need to pull the plug on this crap immediately.

    This is the so called “about us” from this trash site.

    About Us

    Bonanza Media is a platform for independent journalists. We strive to unite people with analytical and critical thinking that don’t go to extremes but keep common sense on all issues. We welcome to our team independent journalists that investigate most troubling issues all around the world in thorough manner and truthful way. We aim to deliver meaningful interviews, breaking news live-streams and bold journalism documentaries and articles.

    “We welcome to our team independent journalists that investigate most troubling issues all around the world in thorough manner and truthful way”

    A news website that only has two topics. MH17 and the bat virus. Not much of a news site. This is just a front for the GRU posting orders and theories from the Kremlin.

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  • Pro-mafia sites are usually easy to single out as pro-mafia sites; their one-sided reporting is often biased and their dishonest info is easily identified as lies. 😉
    Just use common sense and use the www to uncover their propaganda crap.

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