Poland sympathises with all those willing to fight Russia

Summary

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.

Disproof

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.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus, Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus RIA Novosti
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Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative about Western anti-Russian activities, and generally about Western belligerence.

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The isolated USSR had no alternative and had to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

The isolated USSR had no alternative and had to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

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Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative revising the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union) was signed on 23 August 1939. Its secret protocols divided Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact directly caused the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of the country by Germany and the USSR. The Treaty enabled the USSR to invade and annex the Baltic States. The Soviets also annexed Romania's provinces of Bessarabia (today's Moldova) and northern Bukovina (now in Ukraine) and the Czechoslovakian territory of Carpathian Ruthenia (now also part of Ukraine). Throughout the territories it occupied, the Soviet Union carried out harsh political reprisals, including mass executions and deportations.

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Disproof

This is a false claim and one of several disinformation cases about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague. It is also consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and the supposedly hostile anti-Russian intentions of the West, based on which Russia can cast itself as the victim.

The monument to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, has voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here.