Disinfo: Poland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWII

Summary

Particular Western countries try to question the status of Russia as a country, which had won in WWII, and to adjust the history to the present-day political situation. The Polish and Lithuanian parliaments adopted the resolutions on mutual responsibility of the USSR and Nazi Germany for the outbreak of WWII.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and the Russian attempt to hide the uncomfortable facts of the Soviet history from 1939-1941 (Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and partition of Eastern and Central Europe between Hitler and Stalin; occupation of the Baltic states; Soviet attack at Finland in 1939-1940, etc.).

The resolutions of the Polish and Lithuanian Parliaments regarding WWII do not question the status of Russia as a country, which had won in this war as it is a fact – these resolutions are aimed at the criticism of two totalitarian regimes, which started WWII in 1939.

On January 9, the Polish Parliament adopted the resolution “condemning the provocative and untrue statements by representatives of the highest authorities of the Russian Federation attempting to hold Poland liable for the Second World War”. The Polish Parliament states that World War II was started by two totalitarian powers, which on 23 August 1939 signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. After Germany invaded Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland from the east on September 17. The main goal of this resolution is to prevent Russia from hampering the historical dialogue between Russia and other nations.

See other 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 EuropeThe Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish stateThe shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Drawing attention to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is a distortion of the truth

The armies of France and the UK counted 115 divisions against 11 divisions of Nazi Germany. Despite this fact, France and the UK did not do anything – they intentionally gave Hitler the possibility to develop his military might. They could have stopped the war, but they did not do it. The same happened in Munich. That is why drawing attention to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is a mistake and the distortion of the truth – the treason started in Munich and it was continued on the Western Front.

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 statements that the USSR was forced to sign this pact; other European countries signed various international agreements with Adolf HitlerMunich Agreement triggered WWII and various historical conspiracies saying that the Western democracies wanted to inspire a war between Nazism and Communism.

The Munich Agreement (September 30, 1938), indeed, permitted the German annexation of the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. World War II began in Europe one year later, on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland.

UK wants to be in a leading position on the anti-Russian issue

After leaving the EU, Great Britain will not stop its anti-Russian policy. On the contrary, UK wants to be in a leading position on the anti-Russian issue.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking the UK and Russophobia with no evidence provided. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything. By accusing Western societies of “Russophobia”, pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets downgrade criticism of Kremlin policies and actions to being somehow irrational and not worthy of a serious reply.

Read previous disinformation message stating that Russophobia is an integral part of British foreign policythat After Brexit, the UK will lead a Russophobic camp in Europe,  "Great Britain is the main locomotive of Russophobia in the world", UK uses the Skripal case to become a leader of a new campaign of the West against Russia.

The Polish Institute of National Remembrance is a gang of spongers

Poland may not have sufficient funds to finance the entire “sponger gang” of the institutions similar to the Polish Institute of National Remembrance, which researches why Poland should not take part in the celebrations of the anniversary of the WWII victory.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses the Polish authorities and state institutions of “falsification and re-writing” its history and the alleged information war against Russia. According to this policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) is a Polish government institution in charge of the prosecution, archives, education and lustration, in relation to crimes against the Polish nation. The IPN investigates Nazi and communist crimes committed between 1917 and 1990, documents its findings and disseminates them to the public.