Disinfo: Poland, the Baltic States and Ukraine are infected by Russophobia

Summary

The solidarity of the Poles and of the Baltic States as well as the position of Ukraine explains their attitude towards history. All of these states are infected by Russophobia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States, Poland and in Ukraine.

“Russophobia” is a manipulative defensive line, often used by Russian propaganda to reduce any criticism of the Russian state to an irrational intolerance towards the Russian people. Outlets such as RTSputnik and Russian national state television use the term to portray almost any foreign criticism of the Kremlin's policies.

Read similar pro-Kremlin disinformation cases: "Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania" and NATO is closing in on Russia's borders.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: Ukraine, Baltic states, Poland
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

This message is part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack against Poland, promoting false historical narratives such as the alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust.

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