Vilify And Amplify: How The Kremlin's Disinformation Machine Is Attacking The MH17 Probe
The Kremlin has turned its disinformation machine on those who are investigating the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July of 2014, using state employees, state-run media, and the state-run, though unacknowledged, “troll factory” of fake Internet accounts.
The primary goal of the media attacks has been to undermine the credibility of citizen journalist group Bellingcat, an independent researcher into the crash. The attacks have followed a pattern which could be termed "vilify and amplify".
Ben Nimmo writes for the Atlantic Council's New Atlanticist blog