The European Parliament carries out a political hatchet job for Poland

Summary

The European Parliament has carried out a political hatchet job for Poland. On 13 October Poland is holding parliamentary elections, and most experts connect the signing of the European Parliament’s resolution with the “Acute Autumn Symptom” of the Polish delegation to the EP. The current political leadership in Poland aims to demonstrate to the voters that they are defending the “historical boundaries” and fending off Russia.

Disproof

Poland is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin propaganda, which portrays Poland as anti-Russian and aggressive toward Russia. This is an example of a recurring Pro-Kremlin narrative based on "Russophobia" myth. Similar cases can be found here and here.

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 2:

The Second World War, the most devastating war in Europe’s history, was started as an immediate result of the notorious Nazi-Soviet Treaty on Non-Aggression of 23 August 1939, also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and its secret protocols, whereby two totalitarian regimes that shared the goal of world conquest divided Europe into two zones of influence;

The text of the resolution can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, European Parliament, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Rossiyskaya Gazeta
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU and Russophobia.

Contrary to the disinforming articles, the EP resolution acknowledges the context of the presence of monuments, glorifying totalitarian regimes:

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. The article is in line with a narrative that protests, in this case in Russia, are always financed by outside forces. Similar cases can be found here.

The article is also consistent with a disinformation narrative about Russophobia and about Western belligerence towards Russia.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about Western sanctions against Russia claiming that they produce only positive effects on Russia (similar cases herehere and here).

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