The main obsession of European leaders has been to get Russia to pay a price for the luxury of living its own style, without consulting anyone. It is clear that if the West invests millions in information wars, it needs concrete cases to cover, to try to pit the public opinion against Russia. According to this approach, the Navalny case fills all the requirements. This is not a struggle for democracy or human rights, but a global power struggle. And it is clear that the EU will never be its main beneficiary, since its role is being reduced to be a mere instrument of the US global policy.
The Polish-Soviet war, unleashed by the Government of Jozef Pilsudski, caused about 140.000 casualties and ended with the Treaty of Riga, predatory for Soviet Russia. According to this peace treaty, Western Belarus and Western Ukraine were cut off from Russia. The regain of these territories was possible only in September 1939.
This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it presents Bolshevik Russia as a peaceful state and promotes the Russian imperialist idea that Belarus and Ukraine “naturally” belong to Russia. In addition, this message creates ideological reasoning for the Soviet attack on Poland in September 1939 which was secretly provided for in the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact - see below.
After the collapse of the Russian Empire and the outbreak of the Russian Civil War in 1917, a number of countries proclaimed their independence in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Middle Asia. These territories had been captured by the Russian Empire throughout the XVIII-XIX centuries, so they decided to restore their statehood after the disappearance of the Empire. For example, read more about the newborn Ukrainian and Belarusian People’s Republics.
During the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922, the Bolsheviks fought with numerous alternative Russian political forces – a large part of the Russian population did not perceive them as any legitimate authority; also, the Bolsheviks were internationally unrecognized. In this situation, the claim that the territory of Belarus and Ukraine naturally “belonged” to Bolshevik Russia is a manifestation of Russian imperialism. The Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920 started in February 1919, immediately after the end of WWI. As a result of the Soviet westward offensive of 1918–1919, the Bolshevik troops tried to advance as deep as possible into the territory of the former Western regions of the collapsed Russian Empire. In February 1919, the advancing Bolshevik forces entered into clashes with the units of the Polish Army. The statement that the Government of Pilsudski initiated this war is a historical manipulation.
Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland - It is thanks to Russia that Poland today exists as a country, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally, USSR was forced and reluctant to sign Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and the Polish legions of Pilsudski organized the Volyn tragedy.