Disinfo: Ukraine and the Baltic states want to present the USSR as an “absolute evil” in WWII

Summary

The West wants to minimise the role of the USSR in the victory over Nazism. This policy is determined by Poland and the Baltic states. Currently, a new trend in the presentation of WWII has emerged – it presents as “absolute evil” not only the Nazis but also, the USSR. This strategy of turning the USSR in an “absolute evil” emerged in Eastern Europe – primarily, in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of history and imposition of their historical views on the EU. Read more here.

The claim that Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland determine the view of the EU countries on WWII history is a distorted. The EU countries are sovereign states, which take their own decisions regarding the perception of WWII history. Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland cannot impose decisions on the EU and its institutions.

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.

See similar examples of the Russian accusations against Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states in falsification and re-writing of history - Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive wayPoland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWIIPresident Duda and President Zelensky promote propaganda and Poland tries to adjust history to politics, misinterpreting the historical facts.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: USSR, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, WWII, Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist, Baltic states

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A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

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