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July 21, 2014

MH17 Wikipedia entry edited from Russian government IP address

Russian motives questioned after Wikipedia edit changes about who is responsible for airliner crash.

Part of the wreckage at the main crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20 in the eastern Ukraine region, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine. (EPA/IGOR KOVALENKO)

The MH17 plane crash made waves on Wikipedia after an IP address reportedly belonging to the Russian government edited a Wikipedia entry related to the airliner.

The entry on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia was changed by someone using an IP address belonging to VGTRK, a television and radio network run by the Russian government. 

The edit was caught by the Twitterbot @RuGovEdits. Launched last week, the account sends out a notification whenever it detects edits to Wikipedia pages made by people using Russian government IP addresses.