Disinfo: The Ukrainian state was created by the Bolsheviks, now Ukrainians are attempting to change history

Summary

How else to raise the mood of Ukrainians, except by extending their history? However, when it turns into an attempt to change the historical consciousness about the recent events, it is especially bad. For instance, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was created by the Bolsheviks, and now [Ukrainians] topple down their monuments. In general, it is called the revision of history, an attempt to change history.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence.

The history of Ukraine dates back to the era of the Kyivan Rus’ in the 9th-13th centuries. A national movement developed during the ages, while Ukraine was ruled by Russia; Ukrainian nationalists took part in the revolutionary movements that led to the demise of the Russian empire.

In the early 20th century, after the collapse of the Russian empire, the Ukrainian People’s Republic was proclaimed, simultaneously with other nations, like Georgia, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. When the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in late 1917, fierce attempts were made to re-establish Russian control over the newly independent states. Battling against nationalist movements, Moscow created "Soviet Republics" in order to mimic national independence: an Estonian Soviet Republic was, for instance, established in Narva in 1918. Soviet Russia managed to take control over Ukraine, establishing a Bolshevik regime. Moscow performed aggressive anti-Ukrainian policies, exterminating the population during four famines; battling the language and the Ukrainian culture.

As part of the de-Communisation laws, the toppling of Bolshevik monuments was not about "changing history" but instead changing the focus on what should be celebrated.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Historical revisionism, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1 time 5:05-6:14
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