All throughout the post-war period the Soviet Union kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness

Summary

All throughout the post-war period, the Soviet Union kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness.

Disproof

This case represents a manipulation of historical facts to downplay and justify Russian aggression towards European countries. See similar cases here.

It is important to mention the The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, which was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. As the designer of the plan, George C. Marshall himself said: "Our policy is not directed against any country, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos."

Central and Eastern Europe however fell under the Soviet sphere of influence and eventually behind an ‘iron-curtain’. As a result, at least 140 people lost their lives at the Berlin Wall in the Soviet Sector of East Berlin between 1961 and 1989. This lead to increased tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, including a 16 hour standoff involving US and Soviet tanks at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961. 

The powers of Western Europe formed the European Coal and Steel Community, which later evolved into the European Economic Community and ultimately into the current European Union. This effort primarily began as an attempt to avoid another war between Germany and France by economic cooperation and integration, and a common market for important natural resources.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, USSR, EU
  • Keywords: Maria Zakharova, WWII
  • Outlet: Sputnik.az
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Poland posed a military threat to the USSR in 1938-1939

Throughout 1938-1939, the Soviet military functionaries assumed that the most probable security threat for the USSR came not only from a military union of Germany and Italy, but also from Poland, which appeared in the “orbit” of the Nazi block. Thus, the USSR had to be prepared for a fight on two fronts – in the West (against Germany and Poland) and in the East (against Japan).

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it tries to explain the necessity of signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and German and Soviet attacks on Poland in September 1939 by alleged “military threats” coming from Poland.

See other examples referring to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact here, here and here.

Americans have created IS and trying to clear the evidence

In Syria and northern Iraq there is evidence about the first stages of the emergence of ISIS in 2003 and 2005. The Americans do not want this evidence to fall into the hands of others because it illustrates the participation of Saudi Arabia and […] American and non-American private bodies in the first stage of the establishment of the Islamic State. The Americans are creating chaos in certain places to allow special forces to enter and evacuate the evidence from the area.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US supporting or behind the creation of jihadist groups, especially the Daesh (IS). There is no evidence that US has supported the Islamic State or other Jihadist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria has been fighting ISIS and Islamic terrorists along with the Global Coalition Against Daesh. Background and similar cases here and here.