Disinfo: Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic authorities associate themselves with Hitler

Summary

Historical amnesia, Russophobia and anti-Semitism complement one another. The states and people unwilling to acknowledge the USSR’s role in the victory against Nazism will always attempt to erase the memory of the Holocaust. The memory about mythical “Soviet occupation” unites Polish, Baltic and Ukrainian Russophobes practicing radical ideology. The ruling regimes in the Baltic states and Poland track down their history to pre-war regimes, whereas Ukrainian authorities attribute its ancestry to WWII fascists. All these regimes associate themselves with Hitler, suffer from Russophobia, and promote the idea of “Soviet occupation”.

Disproof

This is an attempt of historical revisionism and a mix of groundless claims and manipulations aimed to discredit the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine, and to put the so-called Russophobia on one par with anti-Semitism. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Fascist / Nazi Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states and ubiquitous Russophobia in these countries and beyond.

For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelingsand look at earlier disinformation cases, alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network.

This message also denies Soviet occupation of the Baltic states, although it is a well-established and widely recognized fact. On 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression (Molotov-Ribbentrop) pact whose secret protocols divided the territories belonging to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence. The Soviet Union occupation of the Baltic states lasted in 1940-1941 and 1944-1990, it resulted in mass deportations and repressions against local populations.

The accusation of Nazism and alleged association to Hitler is one of the commonly used techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets, as explained in our past analysis.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic States joined the USSR in accordance with international law and that the Baltic states’ policies equal to Third Reich whereas Russophobia has become a Western value.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Poland, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Semitism, Holocaust, Historical revisionism, Adolf Hitler, Russophobia, Baltic states, Nazi/Fascist
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40% of Holocaust victims were Soviets

40% of the (6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust) were citizens of the former Soviet Union.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII and the Holocaust.

Of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, historians say about 1 million were Soviet. This narrative appeared to be adding an additional 1.5 million Jewish victims from eastern European areas occupied by the Soviets under their pact with the Nazis.

The new coronavirus is a US biological weapon

The appearance of coronavirus could be the result of the use of an American biological weapon. Recall the scandal in 2010, when one of the 400 American military biological laboratories deployed around the world was closed in Indonesia because it was conducting secret experiments with the bird flu virus. When the virus emerged from the laboratory and a serious pandemic began, the United States refused to provide information about its work to the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

Disproof

This is not the first time the claims that the United States is creating a biological weapon appear. It has been stated before in several pro-kremlin articles and talk shows, especially to comment on the story on Skripal poisoning and also to discredit the account of Yulia Skripal.

The comments about the US creating a biological weapon against Russians come from Igor Nikulin, who is usually presented as a former inspector of the UN Commission on Chemical, Bacteriological and Biological Weapons. According to Russian website “the Insider”, Nikulin has no connection with the UN. Furthermore, on his website, Nikulin describes himself as a supporter of a monarchy in Russia and proclaims his alleged descent from the ancient Rurik dynasty.

Poland and Nazi Germany planned a military campaign against the Soviet Union and the final solution

Nobody was shocked when the German historian Rolf-Dieter Müller, in his book “The Enemy in the East. Hitler’s Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union”, wrote that the Poles, who courted Hitler’s favour, jointly planned a military campaign against the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany, as well as the final solution to the “Jewish question”.

Disproof

Recurring narrative of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign targeting Poland. This narrative aims at vilifying Poland by accusing it of being an ally and partner of Nazi Germany.

In his book The Enemy in the East. Hitler’s Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union”, German military historian, Rolf-Dieter Müller, does not argue that Poland and Nazi Germany jointly planned a military campaign against the Soviet Union, nor does he argue that the two countries cooperated in planning the “final solution” to the “Jewish question”.