Disinfo: “Fake history” became a norm in the Western world

Summary

“Fake news” and “fake history” is a norm in the Western world, where the OSCE and the EU Parliament accused the USSR (meaning Russia) in WWII outbreak. In this situation, Hitler becomes almost forgotten. This false historical narrative comes from the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine, which manifest their hatred towards Russia. The Baltic states and Ukraine honour the Nazi collaborators as their national heroes, celebrating their shameful actions.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of their history. The Baltic states and Ukraine are continuously accused of their support for the Nazi or Fascist ideology. Any disagreement with the official Kremlin’s view on the history of WWII is automatically labelled by Russia as support for “Nazism”.

The official position of Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states regarding WWII is based on facts, shared by the predominant majority of historians. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Secondly, these two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII.

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.

See similar examples of the Russian accusations against Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states in falsification and re-writing of history - Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive wayPoland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWIIPresident Duda and President Zelensky promote propaganda and Poland tries to adjust history to politics, misinterpreting the historical facts.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine, Baltic states, Poland
  • Keywords: fake news, European Parliament, Historical revisionism, WWII, Adolf Hitler, Russophobia, OSCE, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Polish Government fuels anti-Russian propaganda to justify the purchases of American weapons

The Polish Government is consciously fueling the anti-Russian propaganda in order to convince the Poles in need to bear high expenses for American weapons.

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This message accuses the Polish authorities of Russophobia and implementation of various anti-Russian policies in order to promote the American interests in the region.

The Polish authorities do not promote any policy of “intimidation with Russia” and they do not fuel the “anti-Russian propaganda”. The main current Russia-connected concerns of Poland are a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the military conflict in Donbas. The Polish government shows its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The USA will force Poland to buy more American weapons to support its struggling economy

There are increasing economic problems in the USA as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It means that the American lobby will exert more pressure at Poland to make it to realise next purchases of American weapons in order to support the US economy.

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A common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” or a “banana republic” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. The political, economic and military relations between Poland and the United States have mutually beneficial character. In terms of the purchase of the American F-35 fighters, the Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that they carried out tough negotiations to reach the best price for F-35. The price negotiations took place after the approval of the sale of F-35 to Poland by the US Congress.

Poland continues to tear off Ukraine and Belarus from Russia even during the pandemic

Even during the pandemic, Poland continues to look at the world through the prism of ideas of Józef Piłsudski, who dreamed about the establishment of a united Federal state in Eastern Europe in order to defend from the Russian influence. The Polish establishment has worked for the same goal since the beginning of the ’90s – it wants to include Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova into its sphere of influence.
Russia can be sure that even during the apocalypse, Poland will continue tearing off Ukraine and Belarus from her.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism alleging that Poland has imperialist plans for Ukraine and Belarus. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the political elites of Poland in Russophobia and implementation of anti-Russian policies.

Poland fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Belarus, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries.