Though they've expanded now:
>"Up until about a year ago, we were mostly volunteers and I had three or four people working with me," he says. "Over the last year we have expanded to 10 members of staff plus a translation team and our volunteers. So we've expanded quite significantly."
Although I won't link to it, you may be entertained by the paranoid ramblings RT.com shares about him. Higgins is most certainly neither an altruistic white knight (western view) or amateur propagandist (Russian view), the truth as usual is a bit more complex and lies buried somewhere in between.
But does it matter? The point of the story is humor, i.e. the collective stupidity of the entire unit! Appearantly none of these cyber-geniuses realized that if their personal car was registered to the base, then maybe everyone else’s was too, and that might not be a good idea.
I’m not sure how the fact that this wasn’t some random youtube “citizen journalism” makes it any less funny.
At the time of that he was mostly analysing internet footage though the latest stuff seems a bit more like Wikileaks type tips from insiders.
I'm not claiming they're not - I have no idea. Thus the question.
This is a common misconception; to properly verify their investigative work (not just the specific findings), you also have to know what they possibly found and didn't show. That basically means replicating their work, and being more informed about their subjects than themselves.
E.g. for the MH17 investigation where they disprove many of the lies from the Kremlin and decisively identify the specific BUK system used, the route it took, who was at command and their specific role within the Russian MoD all via open sources, social media, etc: https://www.bellingcat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/mh17-3...
The Russian government made many claims after MH17 was shot down, some attributing the anti-aircraft attack to Ukraine and some categorically denying their involvement. Bellingcat with their supporters gathered tons of evidence that shows dispositive proof which contradicts both sides of the Russian story. It's common knowledge now that the Russians carried out the attack and Bellingcat is largely to thank for that being public -- I'm sure various security services were performing their own attribution work, but it's nice to have plain reading material to prove so.
They were the leading grass-roots org that covered the eastern Ukrainian conflict really well.