Bellingcat employee posted data on half a thousand trips of alleged participants of the assassination attempt on Alexey Navalny

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Bellingcat employee posted data on half a thousand trips of alleged participants of the assassination attempt on Alexey Navalny

The investigation details the travels of the group’s members, many of whom are allegedly senior FSB officers, around the country

An employee of Bellingcat investigative project Hristo Groziev uploaded data about 565 trips of supposed participants of the assassination attempt on the opposition politician Alexey Navalny, presumably working for FSB, to the public access. The information was posted in a table in the table service Google Docs.

The table included data on the trips of 10 people on trains and planes from 2005 to 2020. Data on two destinations were removed from the database because Bellingcat is investigating them, said Grozev.

The investigation of Navalny’s assassination attempt was published on December 14; it was conducted by Bellingcat with the participation of The Insider, CNN, Der Spiegel magazine, and Anti-Corruption Foundation. The publication claims that Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok chemical by a special group of FSB officers who had been following him for several years.

The investigation details the movement of the group’s members, many of whom are allegedly senior FSB officers, around the country, data on their calls, and the positioning of their phones. Researchers say all of this information was bought on the black market.

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“Much of the information we used for our investigations would have been impossible to find in most Western countries. But in Russia, it is publicly available either for free or at a rather modest price”, – claimed in the Bellingcat material about the methodology of the investigation. According to the estimation of The Bell, the purchase of such amount of data could cost up to a million rubles.