DISINFO: Poland sympathises with all those willing to fight Russia
  • Outlet: sputnik.by (archived)* RIA (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 17, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • Countries / regions discussed: Poland, Russia
Anti-Russian Conspiracy theory

DISINFO: Poland sympathises with all those willing to fight Russia


Poland is not happy about deeper integration between Belarus and Russia. Poland still hopes to become the leader of New Europe. It follows the concept which puts forward the idea of Polish Prometheus, sympathising with all those willing to fight Russia.


Recurring disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the aggressive West, Poland in particular. "Prometheanism" was an ideological concept introduced by Poland's inter-war ruler Józef Piłsudski based on the idea that any great power would collapse if its ethnic minorities were empowered. Based on this concept, the Promethean League (Prometejska Liga) was established, a semi-clandestine network that envisioned cooperation between a group of nations fighting the Soviet Union. Bringing up this concept in order to portray Poland's present-time foreign policy as identical to those of inter-war Poland is a manipulation. EUvsDisinfo database has record of previous attempts by pro-Kremlin outlets to discredit the current Polish political system by drawing analogues with the regime of Józef Piłsudski. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland pursues aggressive regional project Intermarium, that Poland plans to take over Minsk after extensive subversive activities in Belarus, and that the Polish authorities and population dream of taking over most of Belarus' territory.


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