Disinfo: German and Lithuanian “revanchist groups” pose a threat to the security of Kaliningrad region

Summary

The Kaliningrad region is a specific Russian territory surrounded by Lithuania and Poland, which are the members of the EU and NATO. There are quite serious revanchist groups present in Lithuania and Germany. It is well-known that the population of the Kaliningrad region is an object to active ideological influence from the side of neighbouring countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about aggressive plans of the West regarding Kaliningrad region and the Western attempts to “encircle Russia”.

Neither Lithuania nor Poland have any territorial claims for Kaliningrad. The claim that there are “serious revanchist groups” from Germany and Lithuania questioning the status of the Kaliningrad region is not supported by any evidence.

See previous examples of disinformation messages alleging that Kaliningrad exclave is threatened by NATO; The US plans to take over the Kaliningrad region and Aim of NATO’s exercise: prepare for the annexation of Russia’s Kaliningrad region.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: security threat, Kaliningrad, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, NATO
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Caliphate terrorists arrested in Crimea

Russian security forces stopped the cell of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami terrorist group in Crimea. The terrorists spread extremist ideology among the inhabitants of the peninsula and recruited Crimean muslims into their ranks.

Disproof

On the morning of July 7, in various regions of the temporarily occupied Crimea, Russian security forces raided the homes of Crimean Tatars. Six of the detained Crimean Tatars were arrested and will remain in the Simferopol pre-trial detention centre for two months. One Crimean was placed under house arrest due to visual impairment.

Ukraine’s international partners reacted extremely negatively to the actions of the Russian security forces in Crimea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed strong opposition to Russia in connection with the mass searches and called on Russia to respect human rights. The Main Directorate of the National Police in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) has opened criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Art. 162 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The US Embassy in Ukraine said that Russia has no right to prosecute and detain Ukrainians on Ukrainian territory. A similar statement was made at the US mission in the OSCE. The European Union called the searches politically motivated and violating international law, since the searches were carried out under Russian law in Ukraine. The EU emphasised that the international community expects Russia to stop putting pressure on the Crimean Tatar community.

The Polish authorities systematically re-write history, absolving the Nazis, the Third Reich and Hitler of their sins

October 12th is the day of the Battle at Lenino, the first battle fought by our Polish division. This date is known to everyone [in the Communist times], it was the Day of the Polish Armed Forces. In the past, we used to honour those who fought the Nazis. The new authorities changed the Day of the Polish Armed Forces from October 12th to another date. They no longer perceive the Nazis as so terrible and evil. This situation is a consequence of a systematic re-writing of history, the Nazi Third Reich is gradually “whitened” and absolved; Hitler is no longer perceived as a bandit, but only as a painter and an artist, etc.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses Poland of the “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. In this case, the Polish authorities are accused of “support” to Hitler and the Third Reich because they moved the date of celebration of the Day of the Polish Armed Forces from the “Communist” date to the original pre-war date.

The Day of the Polish Armed Forces (August 15) was established in 1923. It commemorates the victory of Poland over the Bolshevik troops near Warsaw in 1920. Under the Communist rule, this holiday was celebrated on October 12. Since 1992, the Day of the Polish Armed Forces is celebrated on its original pre-war date (August 15). The statement that the Polish authorities allegedly try to “absolve” Hitler and Nazis is clearly a fake propagandist statement. The manifestation of support to Nazism and other totalitarian ideologies is a criminal offence in Poland.

In Western post-modern society the “system” strives to keep people alone and isolated from each other in order to dominate them more effectively

In Western post-modern society, the disintegration of the family and the breakdown of community is useful to the “system”, because the latter strives to keep people alone and isolated from each other in order to dominate them more effectively and to make them dependent on artificial needs. A despotic power system subjugates the masses with consumer goods, psychotropic drugs, and the use of new technologies as a tool of control and a source of ludic pleasure.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its claims. The article repeats a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that seeks to discredit liberal democracies claiming that the latter are in reality totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that subjugate the masses by keeping people isolated from each other and that use new technologies to exercise pervasive control of society. The article also contains the disinformation theme spread by some pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that in Western societies the élites control the masses by means of consumerism, psychotropic drugs, and video-games.

These narratives are consistent with the broad pro-Kremlin narrative portraying the West as a decadent and immoral society in which the family institution is collapsing and claiming that Western governments and “global élites” seek to deliberately undermine and destroy traditional family values.