Disinfo: The West uses neo-Nazis to destabilise Russia and its neighbouring states

Summary

The West uses neo-Nazis for its own purposes in order to shake the situation along the perimeter of Russian borders and destabilise its neighbouring states. The West diligently avoids condemning Nazism and attempts to rehabilitate it because it itself indulges it. In a number of regimes in the European space, especially after the colour revolutions sponsored by the West, crimes against humanity are being committed and outspoken neo-Nazis are in power. The main producer of these processes is the United States and the main point where war crimes are committed today is Ukraine.

Moreover, neo-fascist formations are actively used in the Baltic countries to consolidate the general policy of violent de-Russification. Neo-Nazism is used to create Russophobic regimes along the perimeter of Russia and thereby isolate Russia and consolidate its weak state, which it had in the 90s.

Disproof

This is a mixture of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West waging war on Russia, linking Ukraine and Baltic States to Fascism and Nazism and promoting the messages about the so-called "colour revolutions".

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy. Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

The US does not control Ukraine and does not attempt to direct Ukrainian policy in any way. The relations of Ukraine and the US are built on mutual respect for sovereign rights of each country.

The Baltic states and Ukraine are continuously accused of their support for the Nazi or Fascist ideology. Any disagreement with the Kremlin’s view on the history of WWII is automatically labelled by Russia as support for “Nazism”. Read a similar case: "The west tries to revise history, questioning the decisions of the Nuremberg trial".

Read similar cases alleging that Ukraine is a neo-Nazi state and Ukraine is an anti-Russian state under Western control, that pro-Western civil society in Ukraine and Belarus is a fascist fifth column, that Ukraine is run by pro-EU oligarchic Nazis supported by the US, or that Europe supports the revival of fascism.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine, Baltic states, US
  • Keywords: West, Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia, Warmongering, Nazi/Fascist

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The USSR was not in any way involved in the start of WWII

We can see a revision [of history] today, as the European Parliament passed a resolution claiming that USSR is responsible for the start of WWII just like Nazi Germany. However, the Nuremberg Tribunal showed who was really responsible.

The lessons of Nuremberg are forgotten because the US imagines itself to be the world’s police and an exceptional nation, which is in accordance with Hitler’s ideas about German superiority and predisposition to govern others.

The US does not want to point at Nuremberg because even though the main aggressors were Nazis, the West is also partly responsible for pushing Germany into the hands of the Soviet Union.

Disproof

Disinformation about World War II is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, as can be seen here.

The USSR signed a non-aggression agreement with Nazi Germany on 23 August 1939, which is called the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. This pact included a secret protocol about the division of the “spheres of interest,” dividing Poland and the Baltic States between the two countries in the event of “territorial-political reorganization.”

Assisted by the Polish authorities, the US is undertaking a soft occupation of Eastern Europe

The US continues pushing its interests in Europe through vassal-like economic and military alliances. Earlier Washington and Warsaw agreed to relocate about 1,000 US soldiers from Germany to Poland. In exchange for mythical security guarantees, the US is hanging huge costs for purchasing American military equipment over Poland and the Baltic states. De facto a ‘soft occupation’ of Eastern Europe by the US is going on, where Polish political and military establishment serves as a tool and US’s loyal assistant.

Disproof

This article contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the vassal status of Poland and the Baltic states and the US presence in Europe. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the Polish political establishment of being the US's tool and questions the US's security commitments towards European allies.

Poland and the Baltic states are independent states, which shape their own foreign and domestic policies. NATO's presence in the region is at the request of the host nations. NATO has taken defensive and proportionate steps in response to a changed security environment. Following Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, several NATO member states requested a greater NATO presence in the region. A 2016 Gallup poll found that most people in Allied countries in the Baltic region associate NATO with the protection of their country.

The US wants to convert Belarus into a zone of instability and make it an anti-Russian puppet

The US’s interest is to bring a loyalist puppet government in Belarus to power or at least create a zone of instability in Belarus. The goal is to add Belarus to the anti-Russian cordon sanitaire, which also includes Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine. A network of NGOs in Ukraine will grow in order to influence Belarus’s information space. Ukraine’s anti-Belarusian actions will be activated if Washington wishes so. One cannot rule out that Ukrainian special services will intensify their activities in Belarus.

Disproof

This article promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about West's actions aimed to encircle Russia and to organise a colour revolution in Belarus, as well as about Ukraine as a Western puppet.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced Ukraine's readiness to line up with the EU sanctions on Belarus. However, there is no evidence that Kyiv was forced by the West to do so, just as the claims about a US-driven colour revolution are groundless. There is no evidence that the US, Lithuania, Poland, or Ukraine somehow staged massive unprecedented protests in Belarus. They began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants.