Disinfo: Accusing USSR of WWII outbreak, Poland distracts attention from its pre-war “miscalculations”

Summary

It is not the first time when Russia faces the Polish attempts to speculate with the topics of WWII, sensitive to the peoples of the former USSR. The Polish Prime Minister cynically claims that WWII was caused by the USSR together with Nazi Germany – in this way, he tries to distract the attention of the Polish society from strategic miscalculations of the pre-war Polish authorities, making external forces fully responsible for the WWII outbreak.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and to reject the historical fact of the Soviet attack at Poland in September 1939.

On August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the USSR signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which divided Poland and other Eastern European countries between these two totalitarian powers.

On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany attacked Poland while the Soviet Union's attack at Poland started on September 17 – in this way, Nazi Germany and the USSR started the implementation of the Secret Supplementary Protocol to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue - Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in EuropeThe Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish stateThe shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, USSR, Red Army, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, Maria Zakharova, WWII, Nazi/Fascist

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