Disinfo: USSR or Russia have never started any wars

Summary

USSR or Russia have never started any wars.

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the 1939-1940 Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

In the secret protocol of the German-Soviet Non-aggression Pact, signed in 1939, the Germans and the Soviets agreed that Poland should be divided between them. After Germany invaded Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, Soviet troops invaded Poland from the east on September 17. The Soviet Union attacked Finland on November 30 and forced it in March 1940 to yield the Isthmus of Karelia and make other concessions. The Baltic republics of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia were annexed by the Soviet Union. In 2014, Russia annexed Ukrainian Crimea and militarily intervened in the East of Ukraine.

Debunked by the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 90
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, Russian superiority, WWII
  • Outlet: OTR, Sankt-Peterburg

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UK and France had troops ready to help Finland already in 1939

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Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the 1939-1940 Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

When the Winter War started in 1939, Finland could deploy eight divisions to the Karelian Isthmus and other parts of Karelia. In addition, there were two reserve divisions. Emphasising the cunningness of the Finnish snipers was part of the Soviet propagandistic historiography that aimed to explain the losses of the Red Army in the Winter War.

Finland constructed the Mannerheim line with help from the Germans

Finland constructed the Mannerheim line with help from the Germans.

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

The defensive fortification line known as a Mannerheim line was constructed in 1920-1924 and 1932-1940. Germans did not participate in planning or constructing the fortification line.

In 1931, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim started war-preparation against the USSR to annex the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic

In 1931, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim started war-preparation against the USSR to annex the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic.

Disproof

A "documentary" repeats at least ten lies about the Winter War and Finnish-Russian relations.

Finland prepared to defend itself in case of war, not to attack Soviet Russia as the documentary claims. The Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic was established only in 1940.