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Leonid Bershidsky

Flight MH17 Victims' Bodies Were Looted. Or Maybe Not.

Media reports after the downing of Flight MH17 are based on rumors, falsehoods and incomplete information.
It's a mystery.
It's a mystery.

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 highlights a fact long known to those watching the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine: You can't expect reliable information about it from officials or media, whether Russian, Ukrainian or Western. As a result, relatives of people killed on the plane must now subsist on a familiar diet of rumors and falsehoods -- often incredibly callous ones.

On Friday, Anton Gerashchenko, an aide to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, wrote the following on Facebook (original spelling and syntax preserved):