Stalin decided to establish the independent Polish state

Summary

Stalin, after the victory in WWII, did not decide to include new republics into the USSR. He decided to establish independent countries such as Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania – and Poland.

 

Disproof

This message is part of Russian historical revisionism and part of a disinformation campaign portraying Russia as the peace-maker and liberator. See other examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland here, here and here.

The very fact that Stalin did not turn Poland, Hungary, Romania, etc. into new USSR republics does not mean that he ''established independent states'' in Eastern Europe after WWII. In fact, these countries were kept under repressive communist regime and unable to make independent political, economic and military decisions.

The Sovietization of Poland and other countries of the so-called Eastern Bloc after the WWII was accompanied by terror, nationalisation of industry, expropriation of privately owned land and restrictions of civil and political freedoms. The Warsaw Treaty Organisation (the Warsaw Pact) was the Soviet Union’s “external empire”, where people faced daily strife, including shortages of food and housing. Read more about life in Poland under communist rule.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland, USSR
  • Keywords: USSR, Historical revisionism
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Out of respect for Polish sovereignty, the Red Army did not participate in the Polish martial law

Introduction of the martial law by General Jaruzelski is a good example of the Soviet respect for Polish sovereignty – the martial law was introduced by the Polish security forces, without any participation of the Red Army.

Disproof

This message should be perceived as historical revisionism aimed at the underestimation of responsibility of the USSR over the political developments in the Polish People's Republic (which in 1945-1989 appeared under the full political control of the USSR).

In 1981, the USSR insistently demanded from the Polish authorities to stop the ongoing socio-economic protests and the spread of the “Solidarity” movement by the introduction of the “state of emergency”. Moreover, the so-called Brezhnev Doctrine was still actual – it assumed the open Soviet military intervention into a Socialist state, which “tries to turn towards Capitalism” (as it happened in Hungary in 1956 and in Czechoslovakia in 1968). In this situation, the USSR abstained from the use of the Red Army in Poland not because of the “respect for Polish sovereignty”, but because of the fact that the Polish security forces succeeded in the introduction of the martial law without any external support.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact did not violate the rights of the Polish state

Polish authorities once again showed their Russophobic nature by not inviting Russia to the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Polish side, as always, accuses Russia of signing the non-aggression pact [the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact] in August 1939, even though it was repeatedly proven that this document did not violate the rights of the Polish state.

 

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in the World War II as not aggressive - see another example referring to Ribbentrop-Molotov pact here.

It is a proven historical fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact directly caused the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of this country by Germany and USSR.

The United States controls and manages Al-Qaeda and ISIS

The Americans have been successfully managing global terrorism since the end of the 20th century – starting with  Al-Qaeda and ending with ISIS.

Disproof

No evidence given. This message is a wide-spread conspiracy theory that the United States established many terrorist organizations and that it has full control over global terrorism. Examples of similar messages are here, here and here.