Disinfo: Western Media artificially distorted the history of World War II

Summary

Western Media artificially distorted the history of World War II. Biased publications in the Western media were aimed at distorting the essence of World War II. Even more, belittling Russia’s importance in achieving victory over fascism.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII. No evidence of Western media manipulating WWII coverage. The European Parliament called the war as the bloodiest tragedy of the century, which resulted in millions of victims of authoritarian regimes of fascist Germany and the USSR. The European Parliament has also expressed concern about the efforts of the current Russian leadership to whitewash the crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime and see them as a dangerous component of the information war against democratic Europe. Similar cases: Latvia rewrites WW2 history and EU fiercely rewrites the history of WW2. Other cases of historical revisionism can be read here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Historical revisionism, WWII

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Russia prevented genocide in Donbas

Russia is not an aggressor, but in fact, it was the only force that was able to stop the genocide of the population of [Donbas].

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and the claimed genocide of ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger. See, for instance, the Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014 by the Council of Europe; June 2014 report on the human rights situation in Ukraine by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Visit to Ukraine published on 4 April 2014. The claim also disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming the ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". This international armed conflict began, at the latest, on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014 and at successive summits since then, allied leaders also demanded that Russia refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border. See similar cases alleging that "in 2014 genocide against Russians began in Ukraine" and "Ukraine has legalised genocide against its citizens".

Minsk agreements confirm there is a civil war in Ukraine

The Minsk agreements, which is truly the only document recognised by the entire international community, because it is endorsed at the level of the UN Security Council, says that this is an internal conflict in Ukraine. There is never a single word about Russia, only in the context that it is the guarantor of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that targets the Minsk agreements and justifies Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine. The Minsk agreements (the 2014 memorandum and 2015 plan of action) is the roadmap to the stabilisation of the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk. It is true that both documents do not mention Russia as a side involved in the war, however, the documents do not mention the sides whatsoever. There is no clause in the Minsk agreements that defines the conflict as "internal". On the contrary, the Minsk agreements (paragraph 10) state clearly the need to withdraw “all foreign armed formations, military equipment, as well as mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under the monitoring of the OSCE.” Previous investigations prove Russia's involvement in the war in East Ukraine. International observers have collected evidence confirming the participation of Russia’s armed forces in the battles in Donbas, the supply of weapons as well as other support to the mercenaries. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue to flow into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, and at successive summits since then, allied leaders also demanded that Russia refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

Finnish concentration camps in Carelia: Finnish guards were paedophiles raping dying kids

Finnish concentration camps in Carelia during WWII: There is proof that some of the Finnish guards were paedophiles raping dying kids  

Disproof

The article refers to proof but fails to provide the reader with it. The disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about lost sovereignty of the Western moral decay. A collection of earlier paedophilia-related disinformation cases can be seen here. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message focusing on Finland and Russia's Carelia during the WWII. This time the topic peaked on pro-Kremlin media's agenda in October 2019 after Russia's Security Service FSB released "secret documents" about the conditions in the Finnish camps. Recently, the emphasis of the disinformation campaign has been on Sandarmokh, where 7000-9000 victims of Stalin's terror were executed in the Republic of Carelia, Russia, 1937-1938. Hundreds of monuments have been erected in Sandarmokh to commemorate the victims. To distract audiences from discussing Stalin's era repressions, beginning 2016, a disinformation message started being spread that among the dead were Soviet prisoners of war shot by invading Finns during 1941-44. There is no evidence to support the claim. Read the full debunk for Sandarmokh here.