Disinfo: Fight with climate change, Istanbul Convention and falsification of WWII history are used to consolidate the societies

Summary

Today, three issues are used to consolidate the societies: fight with climate change, Istanbul Convention and falsification of WWII history. Russia will become an object of such experiments. Such an approach was reflected in Poland’s position, which is arrogant and out of touch with reality. The results of Warsaw’s propaganda of historical untruth are increasing mistrust and suspicion.

Disproof

This message is a mix of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism with a particular conspiracy theory. On the one hand, it accuses Poland of “propaganda of historical untruth”. On the other hand, it promotes a conspiracy idea that some forces use such issues as the fight with climate change, Istanbul Convention and propaganda of falsification of the history of WWII for “consolidation of societies”.

It is a historical fact that both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were totalitarian regimes, which caused deaths of tens of millions of people. It is a historical fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and the USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.

See similar messages accusing Poland of the falsification of WWII history - Polish Parliament creates its own version of the history of the XX century; Poland wages information war against Russia and The Polish right wages historical war not only against the Red Army but against history in general.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland
  • Keywords: West, Climate, Historical revisionism, WWII, Conspiracy theory
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Ukraine and Georgia are Western tools against Russia

Europe and the US have long been using Georgia and Ukraine as leverage on Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine and Georgia are controlled by the West and about the West’s strategy of encircling Russia.

Ukraine and Georgia are sovereign, independent states, not controlled by any foreign government, and without any anti-Russian policies. They are not tools against Russia in the hands of either the EU or the US. The EU and the US bilateral relations with Ukraine and Georgia are established on an equal basis.

Poland and Baltic states distort the truth about WWII

Warsaw declared the USSR responsible for starting WWII together with Hitler’s Germany, while the Baltic states constantly remind the public that the USSR allegedly occupied their territories instead of liberating them. These statements have no historical basis and are made only out of political ambition.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the WWII and Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. See other disinformation cases of historical revisionism.

On the 23rd of August 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression (Molotov-Ribbentrop) pact, whose secret protocols divided the territories belonging to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Romania into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence.

Soviet troops were not able to support the Warsaw Uprising

The Warsaw uprising of 1944 was planned without prior notice to, or coordination with, the Soviet Government. In the end, the rebels surrendered and the Germans destroyed the city. The Russian version, which continues the Soviet one, does not deny that Moscow was not enthusiastic about the course of the London Poles and did not really want to put its soldiers at risk for the sake of the London cause. Nevertheless, there was no chance to continue the operation. If one looks at the map and analyses the configuration of the front and forces, then the question arises: was it possible at that moment to conduct a successful offensive operation, or was it necessary to temporarily switch to defence?

Disproof

A common Soviet and Russian disinformation narrative trying to prove that Soviet troops could not have supported the Warsaw Uprising due to numerous objective reasons (such as the lack of necessary forces, overstretched supply lines, lack of communication with the Polish Home Army and the Polish Government in London, etc.).

This message should be perceived as a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. According to historian Norman Davies, there is a consensus among the majority of Polish and Western historians that it was a political decision of Stalin not to support the Uprising in order to let German troops destroy the forces of the Home Army (which tried to re-establish the independent Polish state).