Polish nationalists are trying to refute evidence on Poland’s role in unleashing the Second World War

Summary

Polish nationalists and their supporters across the world are trying to refute not even the Soviet or Russian, but the British evidence about Poland’s behavior and role in unleashing the Second World War.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative revising the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. It is true that several European powers, including Poland, signed non-aggression treaties with Germany in the 30s, but none of these treaties were as far-reaching as the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, clearly dividing independent countries in Europe into "Spheres of interests". Similar cases of disinformation can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Poland, USSR, Germany
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
  • Outlet: South Front
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

This claim is an attempt to defame the currently ongoing protest movement in Moscow, which is the largest expression of popular discontent in Russia for several years.

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