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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.
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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.

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