DISINFO: The Polish authorities are overtaken by Russophobic hysteria and historical arrogance
  • Outlet: pl.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 17, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Polish
  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • Countries / regions discussed: Poland, Russia
Historical revisionism Red Army USSR WWII Nazi/Fascist

DISINFO: The Polish authorities are overtaken by Russophobic hysteria and historical arrogance


History is being re-written before our eyes. The Hitler-Pilsudski Pact, signed in 1934, about Warsaw efforts to divide the USSR together with Germany, about the division of Czechoslovakia and the Polish refusal to allow the Red Army to pass through its territory has somehow been forgotten about. The minds of the Polish authorities have been overtaken by Russophobic hysteria and historical arrogance. The recent statements of Polish politicians cause astonishment and indignation.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and part of the ongoing disinformation attack by Russia on Poland.

Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. 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.

The German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934 cannot be compared with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. The former was a standard international agreement aimed at the mutual recognition of borders and a declaration that existing political contradictions would be solved through diplomatic tools. There is no historical evidence that this Pact contained any secret protocols regarding common aggressive actions of Germany and Poland against the USSR or other countries. Moreover, this Pact did not include any agreements on advanced political, economic and military relations between Poland and Germany. See other examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland such as the Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in Europe, The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish state and the shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.


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