Anything bad for Russia is good for modern Polish elites

Summary

Тhe collapse of the USSR was a blow to Russia. The USSR represented Russia, even though there were many countries in it. And for the modern Polish elites, what is bad for Russia, is, in general, good.

Disproof

One of the recurring Pro-Kremlin narratives Elites vs. People, describing Polish elites as Russophobic. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as well. Similar cases can be found here and here.

This statement appeared after the head of the European Council Donald Tusk posted on Twitter: “The collapse of the Soviet Union was NOT the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. The USSR collapse was a blessing to Georgians, Poles, Ukrainians and the whole of Central and Eastern Europe. And also to Russians."

Poland is a frequent target of Russian propaganda, which portrays Poland as anti-Russian and aggressivetoward Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Poland, USSR
  • Keywords: USSR, Secret elites / global elites
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia time 0:35-1:10
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We have Nazis in Ukraine, not in Russia

A television link-up was planned between viewers in Minsk (sic) and Moscow, which caused an absolute phenomenal wave of panic in Ukraine, since it is unthinkable to allow Ukrainians to talk with Russians, simple people, to find out that they have a lot of things in common. They have the same roots and talk about the same things.

Except that in Russia it is much better than in Ukraine. In Russia, there is no Hitler, and in Ukraine there are Neo-Nazis.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia and Nazism in Ukraine that have been repeated since the outbreak of the Euromaidan pro-democratic and anti-corruption protests.

The link-up between TV channels in Moscow and Kiev (not Minsk) was indeed planned and then cancelled by the Ukrainian channel because of the negative reaction of the civil society and the authorities. The program was broadcast on Russian Channel 1 (its broadcasting is banned in Ukraine by law since 2014). In the program, artists and directors from Moscow talked about how they love Ukraine and how they suffer from the fact that they cannot go there. The words "Crimea" or "Donbas" were not mentioned at all during 2 hour-long program.

US Democratic Party will win Ukrainian parliamentary elections

Soros’ associates, including Victor Pinchuk, are behind Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Pinchuk and his people placed a bet on the political parties of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. Therefore, the US Democratic Party will inevitably win in the Ukrainian elections, because these parties are likely to form a governing coalition.

Disproof

This message is a variation of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's 'American curators,' this time alleging that Ukraine's president is controlled by George Soros and his associates, including Ukrainian oligarch, Victor Pinchuk. This message contains recurring disinformation narratives about Western meddling in Ukraine's elections and Ukraine as a state under foreign control.

The alleged links between Soros and Zelenskyy were first reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official newspaper of the Russian government, in a February 2019 article which counts "friends of George Soros and other globalists" among members of Zelenskyy's election team, without further elaboration.

Poland plans to establish an anti-Russian buffer zone including Belarus

The main ideas behind Poland’s geopolitical doctrine after 1989 (named after Giedroyc and Mieroszewski) are the following:

  • The need to weaken Russian positions in Eastern Europe through the creation of a buffer zone of countries opposing Russia;
  • The countries of this buffer zone should be under the sphere of economic and humanitarian interests of Poland. This means – no use of Russian energy sources by these countries and their use as a source of cheap labour force and a market for Polish goods;
  • Polish assistance with reforms and democratisation as well as reforming their national consciousness into anti-Russian one.

This doctrine de facto envisages (…) direct intervention into domestic affairs of the countries, which used to be part of Rzeczpospolita.

 

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory and misrepresentation of actual Giedroyc-Mieroszewski doctrine. It contains recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Poland's plans to partition Belarus and establish the Fourth Republic and to disrupt Belarus-Russia ties.

The mentioned doctrine was developed in the 1970s by Polish émigrés Jerzy Giedroyc and Juliusz Mieroszewski. The doctrine urged the need to rebuild good relations among Central and Eastern European countries and foresaw Poland's relations with Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus as the foundation of its foreign policy. This called for Poland to reject any imperial ambitions and controversial territorial claims, and to accept the post-war border changes. The doctrine supported independence for Belarus and Ukraine. It did not promote the idea to establish a Polish empire at the expense of Poland's eastern neighbours. See here for more information about the Giedroyc-Mieroszewski doctrine.