Disinfo: The West systematically rewrites the history; the aim: to weaken or destroy Russia

Summary

The West systematically rewrites history. And succeeds.

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This is a gradual, phased, systematic rewriting of the history of WWII in the mass consciousness.

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Black is called white, the losers are equated with the winners, and calls for preservation of historical memory are presented as “historical revisionism”. Their specialisation is a fierce struggle against Russia on all fronts (ideological, political, and historical). The ultimate goal of all such campaigns is to weaken Russia, or even destroy it.

Disproof

This is part of the Kremlin’s campaign on historical revisionism on WWII in order to boost its legitimacy and deny the USSR’s responsibility in the outbreak of WWII. This message is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about anti-Russian policies of aggressive West. According to Kremlin's policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events about WWII.

The European Parliament called the war the bloodiest tragedy of the century, which resulted in millions of victims of authoritarian regimes both of fascist Germany and the USSR. The European Parliament adopted a resolution, describing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 23 August 1939 as a key element paving the way for the outbreak of the World War II. The European Parliament also paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. Regardless of this, the 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 which had won in WWII.

The policy of the US or the EU is not directed against Russia or any other country. See similar narratives here, here, and here.

See other examples of Russian disinformation narratives on WWII in our database, such as bogus claims that Western countries revise history to avoid responsibility for allowing Hitler to attack the USSR; that the Soviet Union tried to create an anti-Nazi alliance but the West didn’t respond; that the USSR had no role in the outbreak of the war; that Western democracies are primarily responsible for this conflict; or that by defeating Nazism, Stalin atoned for crimes against his own people; that European countries try to rewrite the history of the WWII while Russia preserves the truth, or that The West is trying to destroy Russia by destroying the very understanding of truth.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, US, France
  • Keywords: USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, Vladimir Putin

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