Disinfo: Russian-language media are an example of objective reporting on WWII events

Summary

Russian language media are an example of precise and objective reporting on WWII events, compared to media in the Baltic States, Poland and some other Eastern European countries who openly distort the truth about the war.

Disproof

This case is part of the ongoing Russian disinformation campaign to present the Kremlin’s version of World War II which portrays the Red Army as liberators from the Nazis while ignoring the impact of the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, denouncing references to it as ‘revisionism’. Russian media have been playing a part of this scheme of disinformation on WWII for a long time now.

You can see other examples of this disinformation narratives in our dabatase, such as denounciations of the European Parliament for its alleged attempts to demonise Russia, or accusations of revisionism against Poland and the Baltics which aim to hide their own cooperation with Nazi Germany and the Polish responsibility for the outbreak of WWII with the objective of obtaining economic benefits, or that it does not wish to condemn anti-Semitism, to weaken Russia’s stance on the international stage and ultimately, to destroy Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII
  • Outlet: NewsFront Spanish
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Coronavirus: A North American epidemic

There are strange “separate” incidents that targeted China from North America; the most prominent was the arrival of a shipment issued by Canadian biological laboratories in March 2019, which includes “malicious viruses.” It is noteworthy that this shipment was carried out under a veil of secrecy other than the usual procedures, which prompted the Chinese side to file a formal complaint.

A large US military delegation, consisting of 300 people, arrived in Wuhan, in Hubei Province, China on October 19, 2019, to participate in a military games festival hosted by China and held there. On November 2, 2019, the first infection with the coronavirus was recorded in that province, and it spread rapidly throughout December. Scientifically, the incubation period for corona infection is 14 days.

Disproof

A number of conspiracy theories that are only linked by the fact that they are "separate" incidents, and echos some recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation especially about China coronavirus. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The claims about Canadian involvement in the coronavirus spread appear to be based on a mischaracterization of August 2019 reports about a transfer of Ebola and Nipah viruses from a Canadian lab to Beijing, and an apparently separate issue involving two Chinese researchers at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg, in the central province of Manitoba. Read further debunking by the AFP Fact Check.

Moldovan “Party of Action and Solidarity” is a political branch of the Soros Foundation in Moldova

Maia Sandu’s “Party of Action and Solidarity” is a political branch of the Soros Foundation in Moldova.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, suggesting that pro-Western political parties are led by George Soros in the shadow.

The Soros Foundation has been working in Moldova since 1992, financing and promoting programs and activities in areas such as media, justice and human rights, good governance, and public health with the aim to support the development of an open society. Since then, dozens of Moldovan specialists have been employed by the foundation or collaborated in its programs.

Soviet troops waiting for the Warsaw Uprising to bleed out is a myth

Affirmations that the Red Army waited along the shores of the Vistula river in Warsaw in 1944 while Nazi troops crushed the insurrection of Polish rebels because Stalin wanted to destroy Polish nationalist forces are a myth, as shown by newly declassified documents from Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Actually, the Soviet troops lacked the means to launch a whole offensive to liberate the city, but they managed to supply the rebels with weapons, ammunition and food. In any case, the so-called Armia Krajowa or National Army hailed as the only true heroes by the Polish government actually became armed gangs who terrorised the Polish population after the liberation.

Disproof

This is part of a recurrent Russian narrative to portray the Red Army as liberators of Eastern Europe and not as its occupiers. The current disinformation campaign against Poland was launched in reaction to the resolution of the European Parliament in September 2019 on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, expressing deep concern on the efforts of the current Russian leadership to distort historical facts and whitewash crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime. This resolution was perceived by the Kremlin historians as an act of aggression.

Actually, the occupation and ‘sovietisation’ of Poland and the rest of the Eastern Bloc was achieved with terror, mass repressions, nationalisation of industry, expropriation of privately owned land, environmental disasters, destruction of the market economy and restrictions of civil and political freedoms. Writing about the Warsaw Uprising, Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki clarified that “the Red Army stared on idly at the agony of Warsaw. The city’s two uprisings, the first in the Jewish ghetto in 1943, the second in the entire city in 1944, were evidence of the ruthlessness of German crimes. But while the people of Warsaw waited hopefully for help, Joseph Stalin never ordered the Red Army to intervene.” This has also been the conclusion of professional historians for the last 75 years.