Disinfo: The West belittles the greatness of victory of the USSR in the war

Summary

It is beneficial for Western politicians to belittle the significance of the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as not aggressive. Western historians acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII and the status of the USSR as a country. The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies. Read similar cases claiming that Lithuanian authorities rewrite the history of their own country, that Poland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWII, and that US vassals question the outcome and results of the WWII.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: USSR
  • Keywords: West, Historical revisionism, USSR, WWII
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Disproof

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Disproof

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