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The Netherlands sent four Russians for attempting a cyber attack to steal data on a plane crash near Donetsk

But they announced this only seven months later.

Expelled Russians. Photos of the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands

The authorities of the Netherlands announced that in April four Russians had been expelled from the country, suspected of trying to organize a hacker attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

According to the Netherlands, the operation was organized by the Russian military intelligence – GRU. When the Russians were diplomatic passports.

As reported by the local edition of NOS, the Russians tried to hack the Wi-Fi network of the OPCW and tried to get information about the international investigation of the MH17 plane crash near Donetsk. Did they manage to do it until it was clarified.

Full names of expelled Russians:

  • Aleksey Sergeevich Morenets;
  • Evgeny Serebryakov;
  • Oleg Mikhailovich Sotnikov;
  • Alexey V. Minin.

As noted in the Bellingcat research group, Morents and Serebryakov passport numbers differ by just one number.


In addition, a check from a taxi from the place where the headquarters of the GRU is located at Sheremetyevo Airport was found at Morentsa.


The OPCW also studied the situation with the poisoning of a former GRU officer, Sergey Sripil, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. The organization also worked with the consequences of a chemical attack in Syria, which is accused of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia denies these allegations.

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