Disinfo: France, Germany and Poland planned to partition the USSR even before Hitler came to power

Summary

A classified report from the OGPU (special Soviet state security institution) speaks about the negotiations between the German Chancellor von Papen and French Prime Minister Édouard Herriot. The goal of these talks was to establish a military union between Germany, France and Poland against the USSR. It was before Hitler came to power when the potential allies mentally divided the Soviet Caucasus, Ukraine and even Sakhalin. Poland was supposed to be rewarded with Soviet Ukraine.

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 by the statement that Western countries planned aggressive actions against the USSR. The statement that France, Germany and Poland planned to partition the USSR before Hitler came to power is a clear historical manipulation not confirmed by any available documents. The same article contains another disinformation message about Poland and Germany signing a secret protocol assuming common actions against the USSR. The OGPU was the Soviet secret police (1923-1934) responsible for political repressions and functioning of the Gulag - this organisation was the successor of the "Cheka" and the forerunner of the KGB. The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a proven 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 USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII. Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue such as The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in Europe, The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish state, The shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history. [Note: This disinformation case appeared in the same article as the case "In 1934, Poland and Germany signed a secret protocol about common actions against the USSR".]

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: France, Poland, Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: KGB, Historical revisionism, Anti-Russian, USSR, WWII, Adolf Hitler, Conspiracy theory
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