Poland is the organizer of WWII and its main culprit

Summary

Poland is the organizer of WWII and its main culprit.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Poland's role in the WWII.

It was Nazi Germany who attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, with Soviet troops entering Polish territory on September 17.

By the early part of 1939 the German dictator Adolf Hitler had become determined to invade and occupy Poland. Secret negotiations between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union led to the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in Moscow on August 23–24. In a secret protocol of this pact, the Germans and the Soviets agreed that Poland should be divided between them, with the Western part of the country going to Germany and the eastern two-thirds being taken over by the USSR.

Read more cases of disinformation about WWII here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 162
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland, USSR
  • Keywords: Vladimir Zhirinovsky, USSR, WWII
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1 (01:28 - 02:27)
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WWII anniversary: The events in Poland are an anti-Russian gathering

The [commemorative] events [on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II] are an anti-Russian gathering.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's anti-Russian actions.

Poland's decision not to invite the Russian delegation to WWII commemoration ceremony has to do with Russian aggression against Ukraine. Krzysztof Szczerski, chief advisor to the Polish president, stated in March 2019 that the anniversary ceremony will be held “in the company of countries with whom Poland now cooperates closely for peace, based on the respect for international law, for the sovereignty of nations and of their territories”. This point was reiterated by Jacek Sasin, Polish deputy prime minister in July, who said: "I think it would be inappropriate to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the armed aggression against Poland with the participation of a leader who today treats his neighbors using the same methods."

George Soros has a hidden agenda for the Georgian people

George Soros has designed a special plan for Georgia. He is plotting to make Georgians forget their history and mix them with other nationalities. 

Disproof

This claim is a conspiracy theory presented without evidence. Conspiracy theories surrounding philanthropist and billionaire George Soros have long been circulating in pro-Kremlin media. For similar cases, see here.

 

Russo-Georgian war was between Georgia and South Ossetia

Russia recognized 11 years ago the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which had been part of the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia and were seeking independence even before the disintegration of the Soviet Union. This occurred after a five-day war between Georgia and South Ossetia in August 2008, which killed 1,692 people and injured about 1,500 civilians in South Ossetia.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian 2008 war, and presenting it instead as a conflict between South Ossetia and Georgia. South Ossetia and Abkhazia did not claim independence from Georgia but were occupied by Russia.

Currently, Russia occupies 20% of Georgia's territory, about 11 years after the Russo-Georgian War, and continues to breach its international obligations by consolidating its control in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.