I asked the producer of the BBC programme, Mike Rudin, for comment which is shown below.
The video makes a series of bizarre and false claims. The facts are simple. We approached a number of people when we were making our BBC documentary. We were grateful that Sergei Sokolov was willing to talk to us. He was particularly keen to talk about his theory that two bombs had been planted on board MH17 and caused it to crash. My colleague, Guy Pugh, had two meetings with Mr Sokolov. Later I interviewed Mr Sokolov in a recorded TV interview that lasted less than two hours, and which included translations between Russian and English.
In that interview we talked about Mr Sokolov’s primary theory about bombs being planted on board the Boeing. We also talked about his allegation that a supposed “intercept” revealed an elaborate conspiracy to bring down MH17, and we asked Mr Sokolov about the theory that a Ukrainian Buk had brought down a Buk. Mr Sokolov’s comments in that interview are very clear. He describes how his people in Ukraine made a thorough search of the crash site:
“We were completely sure that it was not a missile because in the whole territory – and this is not just a supposition but a 100% conviction – we did not find a single physical piece of evidence to confirm the version of events involving either a missile or a plane. As far as cannon fire is concerned, specialists immediately told us that it would not have been possible. Why? Because at those speeds a fighter could not damage a big Boeing plane in this way, it’s just technically not possible. So we rejected this theory out of hand.”
He then described how they made detailed expert analysis:
“When we received the results of the expert analysis, they showed just one thing: that there was an explosion on board the plane… Once we had received all the pieces of evidence and put them altogether, we were 100% convinced that MH17 was blown up internally. There were 2 explosive devices located on board the plane and this is confirmed by all the material evidence which we received.”
Sergei Sokolov is perfectly entitled to change his mind. But when we interviewed him, his views were very clear and we accurately reflected them in our documentary.
Inside the BUK video
The video showing a BUK crew in action was offered on an auction website called Joker.buzz. The video was part of a set of ‘evidence’. Another part of the evidence is a recording of communication over radio between a fighter pilot and a ground controller. I blogged about that here.
The video is supposed to show the BUK that shot down MH17. The video has english subtitles.
To me this all sounds very much like a complete fraud. Who would someone tape inside a BUK which is about to shot down a civil aircraft? All the other evidence offered by Joker.buzz has a smell of being staged about it.
This comment on the blog is interesting
Crew inside Buk TELAR wears soft helmets for a reason: when electrical generator (powering the radar) is running, it’s very noisy inside, impossible to talk. Such helmet (called шлемофон in Russian) contains headphones and a special differential microphone or a throat microphone (laryngophone). In the video the sound is obviously staged, studio-recorded.