Disinfo: In Poland, the Red Army monuments are destroyed as a result of politicians’ decisions

Summary

In Washington, the monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko was devastated and damaged as a result of, let’s say, grassroots social protests. In Poland, the destruction of the Red Army monuments is carried out based on the decisions of the politicians. These two situations are different.

 

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

In 2017, Poland introduced new laws to ban totalitarian propaganda. According to this Law, up to 230 Soviet monuments may be replaced, a decision to be made by Polish local authorities. The Polish MFA underlines that Red Army burial places and cemeteries situated in Poland will be carefully protected. It is possible to dismantle and remove only symbolic monuments to the Red Army.

In 2015, Paweł Ukielski, Deputy Head of the Polish Institute of Historical Remembrance, published an open letter to the Russians, where he explained the need to remove the symbolic monuments to the Red Army from Polish public places (text in Polish and Russian). According to him, free Poland perceives these monuments as symbols of captivity by the totalitarian USSR. In some cases, the Soviet monuments glorify the Red Army generals, who were involved in military crimes against the Poles.

The Polish Government does not implement the centralised policy of replacement of the Red Army monuments, such decisions are taken by the local authorities. Read similar cases connected to the issue of the Red Army monuments - Monuments to Soviet soldiers are massively demolished and damaged in Ukraine, Poland and Baltic countriesRemoval of the monument to Marshall Konev is a violation of the Czech-Russian Agreement of 1993A monument to the Soviet soldier-liberator demolished in Lithuania.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: US, Poland
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Protest, USSR, Red Army, Anti-Russian, Monuments, Russophobia
see more

COVID-19 is an artificial virus from a laboratory in China

The Coronavirus was artificially created. The coronavirus pandemic “began as an accident” when the engineered virus escaped from a laboratory in China.

The virus did not occur naturally, but was man-made by Chinese scientists.

Disproof

A recurring conspiracy theory that echoes pro-Kremlin disinformation about the artificial creation of COVID-19.

The quote originates from an private opinion in an The-Telegraph-podcast, which provides no sources or proof for the accusations and claims about the artificial creation of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The opinion refers to a "important new scientific report by British and Norwegian researchers", but no source or reference is provided, therefore the claims can not be verified.

EU wants to expand towards East by destabilising the Caucasus

The (Ukrainian) coup was orchestrated (by the EU) in Kyiv.

The EU wants to expand towards the East, the Mediterranean region, and the Black Sea, just as it tried hard for two decades to build bridges of extremism and terrorism to Russia’s loose flank in the Caucasus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan, painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a violent coup, in this case orchestrated by the EU.

The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013, called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan", were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure.

One of NATO’s main tasks: depriving Russia of its Syrian naval supply base

One of the main tasks of NATO in Syria was to deprive the Russian fleet of the naval supply base in Tartus, Syria.

Disproof

This narrative fits a recurring narrative portraying NATO as having belligerent agenda against Russia, with no evidence given.

NATO does not operate in Syria and has not declared any interest in going after Tartus, and there is no official direct statement referring to Tartus. On the other hand, NATO is currently leading operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Mediterranean.