DISINFO: The Polish Institute of National Remembrance is not a historical and scientific institution
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: pl.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 06, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Polish
  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • Countries / regions discussed: Poland
Tags:
Historical revisionism Propaganda WWII

DISINFO: The Polish Institute of National Remembrance is not a historical and scientific institution

SUMMARY

It is difficult to change the attitude of the [Polish] society towards the so-called “Cursed Soldiers” when such an institution as the Institute of National Remembrance exists – this institution is scientific only on the surface. In reality, this institution is political, not historical – it is fully dominated by the rightist forces.

RESPONSE

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses Polish authorities and state institutions of “falsification and re-writing” of its history and the alleged information war against Russia. The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) is a Polish government institution in charge of the prosecution, archives, education and lustration, in relation to crimes against the Polish nation. The IPN investigates Nazi and Communist crimes committed between 1917 and 1990, documents its findings and disseminates them to the public. The Russian authorities often accuse the Polish and Ukrainian Institutes of National Remembrance of historical falsifications and anti-Russian activities. See similar cases on how Poland and Ukraine established institutions to lie about history and The Polish Institute of National Remembrance is a gang of spongers.

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