Disinfo: The Soviet Union is not responsible for attacking Poland in 1939 and unleashing WWII

Summary

European Parliament almost equated the Nazi aggressors and the Soviet Union. They almost blame USSR in the same way as Nazi Germany for unleashing WWII. As if they forgot, who had attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, and the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany after 1934. Read other examples referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact here, here and here.

German troops invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.

On 18 September, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, describing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 23 August 1939 as a key element, causing World War II. The text of the resolution can be found here.

Read more about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: A 'honeymoon' for two dictators (Deutsche Welle); The Night Stalin and Hitler Redrew the Map of Europe (RFERL).

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
  • Outlet: Sputnik Abkhazia
see more

MH17 investigation is biased

The MH17 tragedy is being actively as a pretext of informational campaign against Russia. Russia was blamed from the very beginning – just few hours after the crash. Тhe investigation is inquisitional. Russia is always being blamed for everything, including this disaster. Russia was not allowed to take part in the investigation, despite the mentioning a number of factors that need to be clarified. But no one responded to the numerous calls of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the Joint International Investigation of the downing of the flight  MH17.

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The JIT comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.

Ukrainian language inspectors beat people for speaking Russian, send them to correctional labor camps

In Ukraine, they will be sent to correctional labour (camps) for using the Russian language instead of Ukrainian. The so-called “language inspectors” have already begun to work in the country; they have beaten a bus driver in the Kyiv region for speaking Russian.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the status of Russian language in Ukraine. 

Ukraine has no plans to create an institution of  “language inspectors”, nor it is foreseen in the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language”. "Language inspectors" are a fabrication of disinformation; they do not exist in Ukraine.

EP resolution on Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is a manifestation of Western anti-Russian activities

The Resolution of the EU Parliament from September 18 [regarding the role of the USSR in the start of WWII] is a manifestation of anti-Russian activities. It is a part of the anti-Russian policy, which has been particularly present in Western Europe since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis. Possibly, if there was no crisis in Ukraine, this resolution wound not have existed. It is clear that this resolution on historical issues has a connection to the present day and to the current relations between Western Europe and Russia.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as not aggressive. The pro-Kremlin media actively spread various disinformation messages referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies.