19:43 Sep. 29, 2016
Translation starts at 7PM GMT. The Bellingcat investigation agency joins the discussion of MH17 crash report
The Atlantic Council together with Open Russia and Bellingcat are going to discuss the facts and fictions surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 – the unsolved crime of our age.
You can join on September 29th at 2pm EST/7pm GMT and watch the online translation here:
Elliot Higgins, a founder of Bellingcat, will join the conversation together with Jerry Skinner, an aviation attorney, Nataliya Gumenyuk, head and foreign reporter of Ukrainian Hromadske International, and Maks Czuperski from Atlantic Council.
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You can find the detailed information on discussion guests below:
Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat ("by and for citizen investigative journalists") and the Brown Moses Blog, He's a visiting research associate at King's College London's War Studies department, visiting research fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law's Human Rights Center, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab. He's also an award winning investigative journalist and publishes the work of an international alliance of fellow investigators who use freely available online information. He has helped inaugurate open-source and social media investigations by trawling through vast amounts of data uploaded on to the web and social media sites. His inquiries have revealed extraordinary findings, including linking the Buk used to down flight MH17 to Russia, uncovering details about the Aug 21, 2013 Sarin attacks in Damascus, and evidencing the involvement of the Russian military in the Ukrainian conflict. Recently he has worked with the Atlantic Council on the report "Hiding in Plain Sight," which used open source information to detail Russia's military involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.
Jerry Skinner is a highly skilled aviation attorney who litigates domestic and international aviation cases. Jerry handles all types of aviation accident cases in which catastrophic loss of life or personal injury has occurred as a result of negligence. He has over 30 years of experience in multi-district commercial airline litigation, complex tort, product liability and class-action airline lawsuits. Jerry has successfully advocated for families victimized by almost every major U.S. airline disaster since 1989. He was even a key litigator in negotiations that resulted in the State of Libya paying an historic .7 billion dollar settlement to the survivors of those killed by the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Nataliya Gumenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist and commentator specializing in foreign affairs. She is co-founder and currently head of Hromadske.TV - an initiative of Ukrainian journalist to create public broadcasting in Ukraine, and Hromadske International www.en.hromadske.tv. Since the start of the revolution and later conflict in Ukraine she is reporting from the field: Maidan, Crimea, Donbas. As an independent, international correspondent, she has reported on major political and social events from nearly 50 countries. During the last few years, she has focused on post-Arab Spring developments in the Arab world and is the author of the book "Maidan Tahrir. In Search Of The Lost Revolution". Nataliya cooperates with a number of Ukrainian
Maks Czuperski serves as the strategic communications advisor and special assistant to the President of the Atlantic Council. Before joining the Council, Czuperski worked on the crisis in Syria as part of an analytics unit that gathered and processed information about the unfolding events in the Syrian war. He also followed developments in the region while at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in the West Bank and Israel. His prior experience also includes the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York where he provided research support to CFR Senior Fellow and Director for International Economics Dr. Benn Steil with his book, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, which won the top book of the year choice in a Bloomberg poll of global policy makers and CEOs.
At the Atlantic Council, Czuperski has led the Council's efforts on open source, social media and digital forensic research including for the report, Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine and Deceive, Distract, Destroy—Putin at War in Syria. Originally from Gdansk, Poland, Czuperski received his BA from Knox College and speaks German, Polish, and Italian.
Based on reporting of Atlantic Council