Disinfo: Poland uses the lie about WWII to weaken Russia’s position on the international stage


Poland attempts to slander Russia regarding the result of the Second World War, the causes of the Second World War, and uses this lie to weaken Russia’s position on the international stage.




Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Poland and the WW2. 

Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently released a statement reacting to false narratives presented by the Russian Federation about the causes and and course of the WW2. So did the Polish Parliament.

Pro-Kremlin media has repeatedly used disinformation for historical revisionism regarding the WW2.

See previous disinformation cases alleging Polish authorities use falsification of history as a tool for political fight with Russia and that Poland was the organiser of WWII and its main culprit.

The resolution of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland reminds how World War II was started by two totalitarian powers of the time; on 23 August 1939 in Moscow the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was signed by Nazi Germany led by Hitler and the Stalinist Soviet Union. Poland and other Central and Eastern European States then became the first victims of the two totalitarian regimes. “The war brought death upon tens of millions of people, Nazi concentration camps in Europe, and the Holocaust – one of the worst crimes in the history of human kind,” says the resolution.



  • Reported in: Issue180
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Historical revisionism, WWII


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