Disinfo: The conclusions of OPCW are dubious

Summary

The conclusions of OPCW’s Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) are dubious, as the technical secretariat unfortunately ignored previously the demands of a number of countries to deal with the issue, which was widely echoed about the manipulation of the report of the fact-finding mission in the use the chemical weapons in Douma in April 2018, which was used by other countries for unjustified aggression against Syria’s sovereignty, and we believe this threatens yet another division inside of the OPCW and causes its politicisation.

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This is a recurring disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the OPCW, lending credence to the claim that the 2018 Douma attack was staged, and absolving the Syrian regime of responsibility for chemical attacks.

In a joint statement in 2018, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America called for an end to the unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW.

 According to the OPCW's director-general, the organisation has been targeted by a disinformation campaign aiming specifically to "undermine the official reports of the Fact-Finding Mission about investigations in Syria."

The OPCW conducts probes into allegations of chemical weapons' use in Syria, and its findings serve as the basis for publicly available reports and expert notes. The document by the Technical Secretariat offers a detailed response to notes verbales in which both Russia and Syria questioned the credibility and legality of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Douma.

Read similar cases claiming that the OPCW has become a tool for the US and its Western allies, that it is controlled by American, and smeared whistleblowers and doctored evidence to blame Damascus for a chemical attack.

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German and Lithuanian “revanchist groups” pose a threat to the security of Kaliningrad region

The Kaliningrad region is a specific Russian territory surrounded by Lithuania and Poland, which are the members of the EU and NATO. There are quite serious revanchist groups present in Lithuania and Germany. It is well-known that the population of the Kaliningrad region is an object to active ideological influence from the side of neighbouring countries.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about aggressive plans of the West regarding Kaliningrad region and the Western attempts to “encircle Russia”.

Neither Lithuania nor Poland have any territorial claims for Kaliningrad. The claim that there are “serious revanchist groups” from Germany and Lithuania questioning the status of the Kaliningrad region is not supported by any evidence.

Caliphate terrorists arrested in Crimea

Russian security forces stopped the cell of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami terrorist group in Crimea. The terrorists spread extremist ideology among the inhabitants of the peninsula and recruited Crimean muslims into their ranks.

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On the morning of July 7, in various regions of the temporarily occupied Crimea, Russian security forces raided the homes of Crimean Tatars. Six of the detained Crimean Tatars were arrested and will remain in the Simferopol pre-trial detention centre for two months. One Crimean was placed under house arrest due to visual impairment.

Ukraine’s international partners reacted extremely negatively to the actions of the Russian security forces in Crimea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed strong opposition to Russia in connection with the mass searches and called on Russia to respect human rights. The Main Directorate of the National Police in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) has opened criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Art. 162 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The US Embassy in Ukraine said that Russia has no right to prosecute and detain Ukrainians on Ukrainian territory. A similar statement was made at the US mission in the OSCE. The European Union called the searches politically motivated and violating international law, since the searches were carried out under Russian law in Ukraine. The EU emphasised that the international community expects Russia to stop putting pressure on the Crimean Tatar community.

The Polish authorities systematically re-write history, absolving the Nazis, the Third Reich and Hitler of their sins

October 12th is the day of the Battle at Lenino, the first battle fought by our Polish division. This date is known to everyone [in the Communist times], it was the Day of the Polish Armed Forces. In the past, we used to honour those who fought the Nazis. The new authorities changed the Day of the Polish Armed Forces from October 12th to another date. They no longer perceive the Nazis as so terrible and evil. This situation is a consequence of a systematic re-writing of history, the Nazi Third Reich is gradually “whitened” and absolved; Hitler is no longer perceived as a bandit, but only as a painter and an artist, etc.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses Poland of the “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. In this case, the Polish authorities are accused of “support” to Hitler and the Third Reich because they moved the date of celebration of the Day of the Polish Armed Forces from the “Communist” date to the original pre-war date.

The Day of the Polish Armed Forces (August 15) was established in 1923. It commemorates the victory of Poland over the Bolshevik troops near Warsaw in 1920. Under the Communist rule, this holiday was celebrated on October 12. Since 1992, the Day of the Polish Armed Forces is celebrated on its original pre-war date (August 15). The statement that the Polish authorities allegedly try to “absolve” Hitler and Nazis is clearly a fake propagandist statement. The manifestation of support to Nazism and other totalitarian ideologies is a criminal offence in Poland.