In 1931, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim started war-preparation against the USSR to annex the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic

Summary

In 1931, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim started war-preparation against the USSR to annex the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic.

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

Finland prepared to defend itself in case of war, not to attack Soviet Russia as the documentary claims. The Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic was established only in 1940.

Debunked by the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 90
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Historical revisionism, War preparation, WWII
  • Outlet: OTR, Sankt-Peterburg
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In 1920, USSR lost a war with Finland and the USSR had to shamefully sign the Treaty of Tartu

In 1920, USSR lost a war with Finland and the USSR had to shamefully sign the Treaty of Tartu

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

The "Kindred Nations Wars" in 1918-1920 were conflicts on the territories of the Soviet Russian side of the border. Finnish soldiers fought either to assert Finnish control over the areas inhabited by related Finnic peoples or to help them to gain their independence. Soviet Union did not lose a war, it did not even recognise that it would have been in a war. The treaty of Tartu in 1920 confirmed the border between Finland and Soviet Russia, and it followed the old border between the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland and Imperial Russia. In the north, Finland additionally received Petsamo that, in 1864, tsar Alexander II had promised to join to Finland in exchange for a piece of the Karelian Isthmus.

In 1939, Finland was just like Ukraine is now

Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy and UK supported Finland in 1939. This is similar to the process today, when NATO is enlarging to the borders of Russia. Finland was then just like Ukraine now. It is our [Russia’s] territory.

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

Finland did not get support from Germany. Finland was supported by the other countries mentioned, but only after the war started. This has nothing to do with Nato enlargement. When the countries of Central and Eastern Europe applied for NATO membership after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, it was of their own free choice, through their own national democratic processes, and after conducting the required reforms. This was done through debate, in peacetime conditions, and in a transparent way. Read more at NATO, Set the record straight http://www.nato.int/cps/ua/natohq/topics_111767.htm?#cl107. Ukraine is not part of Russia, but recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc, just like Finland was in 1939.

Majority of Finns wanted their country to stay as part of Russia in 1917, and this is why a civil war started in Finland

Majority of Finns wanted their country to stay as part of Russia in 1917, and this is why a civil war started in Finland.

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations. In 1917, majority of Finns wanted to live in an independent country, and that was also one of the very few things that united the two opposing factions in Finland. Roots of the 1918 civil war lay in the deep social, economical and political divisions of the Finnish society.

Debunked by the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat.