Disinfo: Baltic States laugh at the memory of millions who perished in Holocaust

Summary

Instead of admitting their responsibility for the Holocaust the Baltic States continue to laugh at the memory of millions who perished. Now they glorify those who were responsible for the atrocities. The most hardened Nazis are now looking up from the depths of hell are looking at their Eastern “Reichs Komisariat” and smiling: their principles are still followed.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi/Fascist Baltic States.

See previous disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic States glorify Fascism; and that the Baltic States follow the policies of the Third Reich.

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  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Baltic states
  • Keywords: Holocaust, Nazi/Fascist
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Poland, Baltic states and Ukraine are Russophobic and anti-Semitic

It is not surprising that the events dedicated to the Holocaust victims memory were not honoured by the presidents of Poland, Baltic countries, and Ukraine. Volodimir Zelenskyy came to Israel but did not go to the world forum to combat anti-Semitism. The point here is not only the long-standing anti-Semitism common in these countries. All these states are infected with Russophobia. They are trying to present the defeat of Nazi Germany as a simple change of one occupation to another – German to Soviet. The thesis of a “war on two fronts,” against the “two totalitarian regimes” unites Warsaw and Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Kyiv joined them as well.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on anti-Semitism and Russophobia. An attempt to depict EU member states and Ukraine as anti-Semitic.

Anti-Semitism is a tragic part of European history, and few countries can claim to have never hosted anti-Semitic sentiment. There is also no doubt that the manifestations of anti-Semitism still can be encountered in the European public discourse. EU and all member states have at several occasions clearly denounced anti-Semitism and committed to combating it.

OPCW is controlled by Americans

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is controlled by the Americans.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin outlets began portraying the OPCW as a pawn in Western geopolitical designs around mid-2018, when the organisation was being granted new powers to assign blame for chemical attacks, especially in the Syrian Douma.

In a joint statement, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America called for an end to the unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW.

The European Parliament resolution on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is aimed at the demonisation of Russia

Currently, there is an anti-Russian campaign going on, it is aimed at the demonisation of Russia. Unfortunately, Poland also takes part in this campaign. Polish politicians were present among the initiators of a completely outrageous resolution of the European Parliament, which makes the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany equally responsible for the outbreak of World War II.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as not aggressive. Recently, pro-Kremlin media has been actively spreading various disinformation messages referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies.