Disinfo: European Parliament resolution is pure madness

Summary

The recent European Parliament resolution which equates Communism and Nazism and claims that the Soviet Union was also responsible for the outbreak of World War II is pure madness. Countries in Europe and North America are attempting to subvert historical facts and to distort the course of events that lead to the Second World War.

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Recurring disinformation narrative that attempts to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive and to revise the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, reflecting the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. This article also contains the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the recognition and denunciation of Stalinist crimes against humanity are Western anti-Russian propaganda.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe states that “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”.

In fact, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and, two weeks later, Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of the country by Germany and the USSR. The Treaty enabled the USSR to invade and annex the Baltic States. The Soviets also annexed Romania's provinces of Bessarabia (today's Moldova) and northern Bukovina (now in Ukraine) and the Czechoslovakian territory of Carpathian Ruthenia (now also part of Ukraine). Throughout the territories it occupied, the Soviet Union carried out harsh political reprisals, including mass executions and deportations

The European Parliament's resolution recalls that Nazi and Stalinist regimes carried out mass murder, genocide and deportation and caused a loss of life and freedom in the 20th century on a scale unseen in human history. It stresses that Russia remains the greatest victim of communist totalitarianism.

The resolution argues that both Nazism and Stalinism were totalitarian regimes. The concept of totalitarianism, which highlights the profound similarities between Nazism and Communism, is not an ideological weapon. The concept of totalitarianism is very widely accepted among contemporary political scientists and historians, including Russian scholars.

Please see similar disinformation cases claiming that the European Parliament resolution distorts the history of World War II and that it is an ideological weapon against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: USSR, Russia
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Protest, Historical revisionism, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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