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Column: Russians Grapple with Conflicting MH17 Accounts

There’s a fascinating debate among two Russians playing out on my Facebook newsfeed. It all started when I posted a news item from our sister broadcaster RFE/RL: “Ukraine Separatist Social Media Site Claims Plane Downing.” It was a fairly straight-forward account of a post on Ukrainian separatist leader Igor Girkin’s VK page, claiming to have “just downed a plane” somewhere near Torez, Ukraine. His post was later removed amid conflicting claims of its authenticity. As Facebook posts...

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