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The MH17 Trial Makes a Mockery of the Western Legal System

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On 17 July 2014 a Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was in transit from the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. On board were 196 Dutch citizens, 38 Australian citizens or residents, and a smattering of other nationalities apart from a predominantly Malaysian crew.

While transiting Ukraine the plane was shot down, killing all passengers and crew. The part of Ukraine where the tragedy occurred was over the predominantly Russian speaking region of Dombass. An American inspired and financed coup against the legitimate Ukrainian government had taken place in February of that year. That led to a civil war between the United States backed Kiev regime and the Russian speaking and Russian supported region of Dombass. That civil war was ongoing then (as now) at the time that MH 17 was shot down.

Also of critical relevance at this time was a declaration by the Crimea region that they no longer wished to be part of the Ukraine, given the events in Kiev and the civil war that had ensued. Crimea held a referendum which voted overwhelmingly for that region to re-join Russia. The word “re-join” is used advisedly because the history of that region is highly relevant, as were the circumstances under which it became part of Ukraine. In the light of the consistent misrepresentation by the western media of the relevant history, a brief historical summary is required.

Crimea became part of the Russian region in the 18th century when it was acquired from the Ottoman empire. In 1950 the then leader of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev, (himself Ukrainian) gifted Crimea to Ukraine, without consulting either the Soviet parliament or the people of Crimea. As they were all part of the greater Soviet alliance at the time, it did not have a great practical........

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