Disinfo: Russophobic Poland, controlled by Anglo-Saxons, plans to occupy Belarus

Summary

Poland has always had territorial claims over not just the western part of Belarus, but Belarus as a whole. Warsaw does not see it as an independent country and considers Belarusians who practice Orthodox Christianity as “spoiled Poles” who need re-education. Not long ago, a semi-official concept of a Polish preventive attack on Belarus was published, which contains the plans of the Polish army to occupy a half of Belarus. Polish president Andrzej Duda also stated that: “if needed, we are ready to take the regions which were part of Rzeczpospolita under our wing.”

Whereas ordinary Poles treat Russians well, the Polish political establishment, supported by Anglo-Saxons, cultivates Russophobia. Without the artificially promoted hatred towards Russians, Poland and Russian could be very friendly countries.

The Belarusian white-red-white flag received official status in 1941 in Hitler’s Germany. It was one of the official symbols of the Third Reich. It waved over the Trostenets death camp, where Nazis and collaborators killed a half a million of people. The flag is a symbol of Holocaust. The perpetrators of the Khatyn massacre used white-red-white armbands. It is no coincidence that the white-red-white flag, which symbolises Nazi collaboration and a conflict with Russia, became the symbol of the Belarusian protests. Their Western curators pursue anti-Russian plans.

Disproof

This article contains disinformation about Poland's territorial claims towards Belarus and promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Nazi-like Belarusian opposition and historical symbols, Poland as a puppet state, Western Russophobia and anti-Russian activities, and about Belarus' protests as being organised and controlled from abroad.

Poland respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbouring countries, including Belarus. The Polish authorities do not consider Orthodox Belarusians as "spoiled Poles", neither did they plan or implement a concept for a preventive attack against Belarus as alleged. The Polish President's statement about Poland's readiness to "to take the regions which were part of Rzeczpospolita under our wing" is a fiction. It was attributed to Andrzej Duda in a 30 July 2020 publication by the well-known Russian humour website Panorama.pub. Later on this, and other fictitious statements attributed to Duda, published by Panorama.pub, were presented by a number of pro-Kremlin websites (e.g., Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Zvezda Weekly) as authentic.

The portrayal of the white-red-white flag as an official symbol of the Third Reich or the symbol of Holocaust is a radical modification of recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda about the Nazi- and fascist-like Belarusian opposition and historical symbols. The white-red-white flag was created in 1917 by the Belarusian civil engineer and diplomat Klawdziy Duzh-Dushewski, who was put in a Nazi concentration camp for saving Jews in 1943 and later spent years in the Soviet concentration camps. The white-red-white flag was not used either in the Trostenets death camp or in the Khatyn massacre - this is a fiction which is not supported by evidence.

The white and red flag was the national flag of Belarus since 1991 until 1995 when it was replaced with the present-time flag as the result of a dubious referendum announced by Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The white-red-white flag became the symbol of the Belarusian protests in 2020-2021 because of its associations with freedom - given that the Belarusian Popular Republic in 1918 and the Republic of Belarus in 1991 were proclaimed under this flag - and because the present-time official flag became largely associated with increasingly unpopular Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Finally, Poland is not controlled by "Anglo-Saxons" as alleged, it is an independent state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. The advanced political, economic and military relations between Poland, the United States and the United Kingdom have a mutually beneficial character. In the pro-Kremlin media, the term “Anglo-Saxons” means “evil”, “belligerent” and “morally corrupt” Westerners, as explained in our earlier analysis.

See earlier disinformation messages alleging that Poland has plans to turn Belarus into a vassal, anti-Russian state with Belarus’ western part being an eastern part of a new Polish state, that the Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita is part of the US doctrine of global dominance, that imperialistic Poland and Lithuania are the springboard for Belarusian Maidan, and that Poland and the Baltics are United States’ "Trojan horses" in the EU.

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  • Reported in: Issue 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, Poland, US, Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: fake news, Orthodox Church, Anti-Russian, Protest, Anglo-Saxon, Puppets, Colour revolutions, Andrzej Duda, Russian world, Conspiracy theory, Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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