Selfie Soldiers: Russia Checks Violence and Private Security in South 7 months ago   23:14

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, so too does Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of any Russian involvement. But a recent report from think tank the Atlantic Council used open source information and social media to find evidence of Russian troops across the border.

Using the Atlantic Council’s methodology, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky follows the digital and literal footprints of one Russian soldier, tracking him from eastern Ukraine to Siberia, to prove that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

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Cliche Guevara
4chan did similar things with social media and Google Earth. led to airstrikes on previously undiscovered ISIS training camps.
karan dullet
Soilders should not post pics in their uniforms and also when they are on duty it makes easy track them like the guy in the video
And what now?
Кирилл Панченко
Путин пиздабол как обычно в крыму и в Украине
these Asian are Russian volonteers to help make peace in east of novorossia
Anybody else see the rebel flag on the soldiers right shoulder around 11:02 ? Or was it just me
Dillan Murray
Wouldn't go back to Russia anytime
Western oriented ,anti Russian bad ad -VICE propaganda . . Ditch it !
Albert Albert
Russia don't have the guts,they use guerrilla tactics,they don't have a clue how a war is to be fought and they don't want to let the population know what they're doing because really they are sacrificing their young for the slaughter.
The US will waste them,no problem as shown in Syria.
They don't want to face US!
This guys balls has its own set of balls.
filip ciborowski
i hope ukraine gets fucked over by russia.
Laire A.
When you hunt down a random soldier for the sole reason of harassment and not actually verifying anything
Couldn't get better than this. And, never seen journalistic ethics and professionalism surpassing this !!
Mi Mi
Instagram stalking to a whole nother level
Mi Mi
Ukrainian villagers are funny
Minty Minh
That Mongolian music sounds like the total war atilla music
In mother Russia first thing they teach in school is to Lie without LIE mother Russia wont live so in mother russia we LIE and it morks muwhahahaha cold war grease is still heating our homes ! and I still have my lucky russian mole on my snosozkucjkila !
Karol Kliestenec
When anyone believes that uniform/insignia means anything, remember Gleiwitz incident 1945
alex montgomery
You literally killed this kid.. wow
Mark Ass Brownlee
Poor Soldier
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Violence and Private Security in South Selfie Soldiers: Russia Checks 7 months ago   17:17

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The high walls, electric fences, and private security guards surrounding South Africa's residences and businesses are as inherent to the country's landscape as Table Mountain is to Cape Town. And with good reason — South Africa's 2012-2013 crime statistics were the worst in a decade, with increases in murder, attempted murder, violent armed robbery, and carjackings.

Fear of crime has led to a boom in South Africa's private security industry since apartheid ended 20 years ago. The field's quick expansion is largely a result of continued social and economic inequality, increased violence, and inept police forces.

VICE News traveled to South Africa's mother city Cape Town to look at the lifestyle gap between those who can and cannot afford the luxury of safety.

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