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Operation Runner

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Mission Briefing

from: [email protected]
to: [email protected]
date: Feb 01, 2022, 21:00 EET
subject: Briefing Operation Runner

Hi,

Good to finally meet you, I am Gabriel Adams. Head of the BTRU (Borderless Tactical Response Unit). I know you are busy working on other projects, but we need your help again on an urgent matter regarding the Kotova family. 

Maksim Kotova and his family left Russia on 18.01.2022. This was confirmed by Julia her people on the ground. At 00:39 EET the family was picked up by a black Mercedes-Benz W221 with fully tinted windows, no plates on the vehicle. They drove away heading North before our people lost sight. They were seen with several pieces of small luggage. Maksim had a gray briefcase and blue backpack. His wife and daughter both had a small pink suitcase with them. They have not been seen at their residence since their departure. 

Currently I have two of my teams on site watching their home 24/7 in rotations. If anything happens we will share this information ASAP. Our best guess was that they headed for the airport. Dimitri and his team have tried breaking into the systems of every airport in and around Moscow, but to no avail. By now our estimate is that security footage for that day will not be available anymore. Dimitri was however able to breach several traffic cameras, though these had no signs of the car.

They left well before the weapons were shipped to Ukraine and have not been back since. The only thing that turned up is an Instagram account for his daughter. We will need your help to locate the Kotova family.

https://www.instagram.com/elenamkotova/

Your objective: Locate the address where the Kotova Family is currently staying.

With this information we can have members of the BTRU on site the next day. The daily moment we contact agents with our findings is 12:00 EET. Meaning if you get us the location the day before, you receive your intel from us the next day 12:00 EET.

Provide the address in a DM to the Tiberian Serpent Twitter account: https://twitter.com/tiberianserpent

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  1. I found a city which is 3 hours north to the capital and is near to the cities from where the photos were taken, but I haven’t found any bridge in this city which looks like the one in the hint.

      • I think I have the country but I don’t know how to find the house. I don’t have the methodology. The last hint doesn’t help me… The practice geolocations (most of them) I can find them thanks to the writings or road signs

          • @boubou40 – if you are looking for the address then maybe the subjects last hint gave you more than you think.

            I was in the same place you are 24 hours ago. I admit it was pure accident that i found how to locate the residence but once i knew what was missing i was able to spend 20 minutes and find the address.

            satellite view was not my friend – it was actually a distraction.

            i dont want to give it away but i wil share the accident that led me to the address. I pushed my mouse away in frustration and when it stopped… something appeared and that led me to the process that allowed me to find the address. (no – the mouse didnt land on the address).