Disinfo: Russophobia is an integral part of the UK foreign policy


Throughout the history of modern Europe, the United Kingdom used the doctrine of Russophobia as an integral part of its foreign policy.  


No evidence provided. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything. For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings. Read a chronology of key events in UK-Russia relations.


  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Russophobia


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Poland posed a military threat to the USSR in 1938-1939

Throughout 1938-1939, the Soviet military functionaries assumed that the most probable security threat for the USSR came not only from a military union of Germany and Italy, but also from Poland, which appeared in the “orbit” of the Nazi block. Thus, the USSR had to be prepared for a fight on two fronts – in the West (against Germany and Poland) and in the East (against Japan).


This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it tries to explain the necessity of signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and German and Soviet attacks on Poland in September 1939 by alleged “military threats” coming from Poland. See other examples referring to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact here, here and here. The accusation of Poland as posing a “military threat” for the USSR is a clear historical manipulation. Before WWII, Poland had tense political relations with Nazi Germany, which had open territorial claims to Poland (revision of the status of the Free City of Danzig and control over the “Polish Corridor”). Despite intense political pressure from Hitler, Poland refused to become a part of the Nazi block. See similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland here and here.

Americans have created IS and trying to clear the evidence

In Syria and northern Iraq there is evidence about the first stages of the emergence of ISIS in 2003 and 2005. The Americans do not want this evidence to fall into the hands of others because it illustrates the participation of Saudi Arabia and […] American and non-American private bodies in the first stage of the establishment of the Islamic State. The Americans are creating chaos in certain places to allow special forces to enter and evacuate the evidence from the area.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US supporting or behind the creation of jihadist groups, especially the Daesh (IS). There is no evidence that US has supported the Islamic State or other Jihadist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria has been fighting ISIS and Islamic terrorists along with the Global Coalition Against Daesh. Background and similar cases here and here.

The British are not happy with the outcome of WW2, because they planned to profit from Russian territories

If we recall all the actions of Britain in the 1930s, it is likely that Boris Johnson is not happy with the outcome of the WW2. Because they all planned to profit from Russian territories. Therefore, today they want to revise the history, to show everyone how bad Russia is and how good democrats and liberals are. Historical distortions are an integral part of Western policy.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative without evidence, insisting that Western foreign policy aimed to Russia's collapse in order to have access to Russia"s natural resources. It is consistent with several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western Russophobia, aggressive Western anti-Russian activities and belligerent West's attempts to encircle Russia. See earlier conspiracy theories about Western "Great Turan" doctrine aimed at creating a ring of unfriendly states along Russia's southern border and a similar anti-Russian plan for an "Anaconda ring". See also an earlier cases about alleged Western aggressive actions with the ultimate aim of obtaining access to Russian natural resources Read more about the concept of the grand conspiracy