Disinfo: Poland, Baltic states and Ukraine are Russophobic and anti-Semitic

Summary

It is not surprising that the events dedicated to the Holocaust victims memory were not honoured by the presidents of Poland, Baltic countries, and Ukraine. Volodimir Zelenskyy came to Israel but did not go to the world forum to combat anti-Semitism. The point here is not only the long-standing anti-Semitism common in these countries. All these states are infected with Russophobia. They are trying to present the defeat of Nazi Germany as a simple change of one occupation to another – German to Soviet. The thesis of a “war on two fronts,” against the “two totalitarian regimes” unites Warsaw and Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Kyiv joined them as well.

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A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on anti-Semitism and Russophobia. An attempt to depict EU member states and Ukraine as anti-Semitic.

Anti-Semitism is a tragic part of European history, and few countries can claim to have never hosted anti-Semitic sentiment. There is also no doubt that the manifestations of anti-Semitism still can be encountered in the European public discourse. EU and all member states have at several occasions clearly denounced anti-Semitism and committed to combating it.

Regarding Ukraine, the National Minorities Monitoring Group of Ukraine informs that there have been no acts of anti-Semitic violence in Ukraine and relatively small anti-Semitic vandalism in the last two years. The Group’s monitoring has found that "there is no antisemitic violence in Ukraine and that Ukrainian Jews are not confronted with direct physical danger." "However, some anti-Semitic vandalism occurs, such as the desecration of graves, synagogues and memorials to victims of the Holocaust. In 2018, there were 12 such cases, which is half of the previous year." In general, the Group concludes that the number of vandalism cases has decreased over recent years.

The report of the Israeli Government for 2018 confirms these conclusions. The report does not mention any examples of violence against Jews in Ukraine in 2018. It has also underlined the significant decrease in the number of acts of vandalism. The report also states that some of the cases that were reported in the media "might have been created artificially to damage the international image of Ukraine."

According to the Pew Research Centre, the level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is one of the smallest among countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Check further debunking by StopFake.

As for the Baltic States, the accusation of ignoring the commemoration of the Holocaust victims is a recurring disinformation narrative. Lithuanian and Latvian presidents attended the ceremony to commemorate the victims of Holocaust in Poland. Lithuanian and Latvian speakers of parliament attended the forum in Jerusalem.

Read our past stories about Russophobia in the Baltic states and elsewhere The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and see similar disinformation cases alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state, that Latvia is a US vassal state, that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network, and that Russophobe and fascist Estonia persecutes the participants of the “Immortal Regiment” procession.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia
  • Keywords: Anti-Semitism, Russophobia, Baltic states
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40% of Holocaust victims were Soviets

40% of the (6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust) were citizens of the former Soviet Union.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII and the Holocaust.

Of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, historians say about 1 million were Soviet. This narrative appeared to be adding an additional 1.5 million Jewish victims from eastern European areas occupied by the Soviets under their pact with the Nazis.

The new coronavirus is a US biological weapon

The appearance of coronavirus could be the result of the use of an American biological weapon. Recall the scandal in 2010, when one of the 400 American military biological laboratories deployed around the world was closed in Indonesia because it was conducting secret experiments with the bird flu virus. When the virus emerged from the laboratory and a serious pandemic began, the United States refused to provide information about its work to the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

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This is not the first time the claims that the United States is creating a biological weapon appear. It has been stated before in several pro-kremlin articles and talk shows, especially to comment on the story on Skripal poisoning and also to discredit the account of Yulia Skripal.

The comments about the US creating a biological weapon against Russians come from Igor Nikulin, who is usually presented as a former inspector of the UN Commission on Chemical, Bacteriological and Biological Weapons. According to Russian website “the Insider”, Nikulin has no connection with the UN. Furthermore, on his website, Nikulin describes himself as a supporter of a monarchy in Russia and proclaims his alleged descent from the ancient Rurik dynasty.

Poland and Nazi Germany planned a military campaign against the Soviet Union and the final solution

Nobody was shocked when the German historian Rolf-Dieter Müller, in his book “The Enemy in the East. Hitler’s Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union”, wrote that the Poles, who courted Hitler’s favour, jointly planned a military campaign against the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany, as well as the final solution to the “Jewish question”.

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Recurring narrative of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting Poland. This narrative aims at vilifying Poland by accusing it of being an ally and partner of Nazi Germany.

In his book The Enemy in the East. Hitler’s Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union”, German military historian, Rolf-Dieter Müller, does not argue that Poland and Nazi Germany jointly planned a military campaign against the Soviet Union, nor does he argue that the two countries cooperated in planning the “final solution” to the “Jewish question”.