As Russia is gearing up for the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, the pro-Kremlin media is attempting to revise history.

As the target of more than 15 cases this week, Poland is still in the cross-hairs of pro-Kremlin disinformation.

The first indication of this trend came in late December when President Putin described the Kremlin’s worldview during his annual press conference.

On January 17th, the very day of the Soviet Army’s capture of Warsaw 75 years ago, the Russian Ministry of Defence publicized “secret documents” claiming that the Warsaw uprising was ill prepared and that an intervention from Soviet troops was just not possible.

And with the anniversary of the Soviet Army reaching Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 also approaching, many cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation included claims about Polish anti-Semitism.

But there was also quite a strong backlash to the Kremlin ignoring facts and creating its own: “The Red Army stared on idly at the agony of Warsaw. The city’s two uprisings — the first in the Jewish ghetto in 1943, the second in the entire city in 1944 — were evidence of the ruthlessness of German crimes. But while the people of Warsaw waited hopefully for help, Joseph Stalin never ordered the Red Army to intervene,” wrote the prime minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.

As for “liberation” and “Sovietisation”, there is a fine line: while it is true that the end of the occupation of Nazi Germany was experienced by many as liberation, the arrival of Soviet troops was the beginning of a new occupation. This sovietisation of Poland and the rest of the Eastern Bloc was achieved with terror, mass repressions, nationalisation of industry, expropriation of privately owned land, environmental disasters, destruction of the market economy and restrictions of civil and political freedoms.

In an attempt to cover up these inconvenient facts, pro-Kremlin outlets try their best to dominate the media sphere with narratives that fit the Kremlin’s worldview. One of those is the claim that the USSR had absolutely no part in creating the preconditions that allowed Nazi Germany to start the war.

Playing on the card of ungratefulness, the pro-Kremlin media also claim that the USSR not only liberated Poland, but also helped to rebuild the country.

Another example of vilifying Poland is the accusation of being a Nazi ally and partner. While this narrative contradicts historical documents, it is still used to erode the historical significance of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and thus show the USSR in better light.

The pro-Kremlin media also accuse Poland of not wanting to condemn anti-Semitism and having their own vision on the Holocaust. While Poles actually share the view of professional historians, the Kremlin also claims that the pre-war Polish government created fertile ground for the Holocaust.

For heavy consumers of disinformation, it’s clear that the historical narratives fit perfectly into the system of disinformation used nowadays. In other words, the main idea has been and still is to show that Russia is not guilty, but others sure are. But if one really is innocent, why try to prove it for 75 years, over and over again? And if indeed so innocent, why care to claim that The European Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes is a false holiday?


related disinfo cases

Date
Title
Outlets
Country
21.01.2020
  • Strategic Culture Foundation
Hungary, Poland, Lithuania
20.01.2020
  • fondsk.ru
Romania, Moldova
20.01.2020
  • SouthFront - English
Ukraine
20.01.2020
  • RT English
Ukraine
20.01.2020
  • Journal of New Eastern Outlook
US, Russia
20.01.2020
  • Oriental Review,
  • One World
Iran, Ukraine
19.01.2020
  • rusvesna.su
Georgia, US, Ukraine, Russia
19.01.2020
  • Sputnik Georgia - Russian
Poland, Baltic states
19.01.2020
  • Sputnik Abkhazia - Russian
Poland
18.01.2020
  • vz.ru
US, Russia
18.01.2020
  • eadaily.com
Ukraine
18.01.2020
  • Sputnik Georgia - Russian
US, Ukraine, Russia
18.01.2020
  • RT English
USSR, Poland, Germany, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Telekanal ZIK - YouTube,
  • PolitPuzzle,
  • RT Russia,
  • regnum.ru
Ukraine
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Israel, Poland, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian,
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian,
  • Sputnik Georgia - Russian
Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Italia
Israel, Poland, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
Poland, Russia
17.01.2020
  • Sputnik Spain
US
17.01.2020
  • RT English,
  • Sputnik English,
  • Sputnik Poland,
  • fondsk.ru,
  • Ria Novosti,
  • rusvesna.su,
  • kp.ru,
  • vz.ru
USSR, Poland, Germany, Russia
16.01.2020
  • Sonar2050
Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia
16.01.2020
Iran, Ukraine
16.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Russia
16.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Russia
15.01.2020
  • ukraina.ru,
  • fort-russ.com
Honduras, Ukraine
15.01.2020
  • Sputnik Belarus - Russian
Belarus, Russia
15.01.2020
  • Sputnik Germany
Russia
14.01.2020
  • Sputnik Armenia - Russian,
  • Sputnik Estonia - Russian,
  • Sputnik Kazakhstan - Russian,
  • Sputnik Kazakhstan - Russian
USSR, Poland
14.01.2020
  • fort-russ.com
Iran
14.01.2020
  • fort-russ.com
Iran
14.01.2020
  • News Front - Hungarian
Iran, US, Ukraine
14.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany, Russia
14.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
US
14.01.2020
  • Sputnik Poland
Poland, Germany
14.01.2020
  • Geopolitica.ru - Italian
US
14.01.2020
  • Ria Novosti,
  • regnum.ru,
  • vesti.ru,
  • svpressa.ru
US
14.01.2020
  • Tsargrad TV,
  • utro.ru
Iran, Ukraine
13.01.2020
  • Iravunk.com
Armenia
13.01.2020
  • Sputnik Abkhazia - Russian
UK, Germany, Russia
13.01.2020
  • SouthFront - English
Iran
12.01.2020
  • Rossia 24 - YouTube
Ukraine
12.01.2020
  • Vesti FM - YouTube
France, US
12.01.2020
  • News Front - Georgian,
  • Ria Novosti,
  • gazeta.ru,
  • RT Russia,
  • lenta.ru
Iran, UK
12.01.2020
  • 112.ua,
  • Strana.ua,
  • theyeshivaworld.com,
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda - Ukraine,
  • Izvestia,
  • rg.ru,
  • Vesti.ua,
  • apostrophe.ua,
  • gazeta.ru,
  • newdaynews.ru
Ukraine
12.01.2020
  • lenta.ru,
  • rusvesna.su,
  • ren.tv,
  • Ria Novosti,
  • dnr-pravda.ru
Canada, Ukraine
11.01.2020
  • Vesti FM - YouTube
Middle East, Russia
11.01.2020
  • Sputnik Italia
Syria
10.01.2020
  • rubaltic.ru,
  • Imhoclub
Iran, US, Lithuania, Russia
10.01.2020
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda - Tyumen,
  • RT Russia,
  • Ria Novosti
Armenia, Ukraine, Russia
09.01.2020
  • nation-news.ru,
  • RIAFAN - Russian,
  • Politeka
Iran, Ukraine
07.01.2020
  • RT English
Syria
05.01.2020
  • RT Arabic ,
  • 24fm.ps,
  • shamra,
  • bbcnews1.com,
  • rtarab.com,
  • hamsnews.com,
  • hamsnews.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • masr20.com,
  • elbayan-news.com,
  • abudhabi-news.com,
  • sabq-sa.com,
  • news-araby.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • uk-arabicnews.com,
  • news.akhbarten.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • news.miralnews.com,
  • arabyoum.com,
  • eg24hours.com,
  • akhbarlibya
Poland, Russia
20.12.2019
  • RT Arabic ,
  • Alalam TV,
  • aenanews.com,
  • al-omah.com,
  • shamra,
  • diwanfm.net,
  • diwanfm.net,
  • defense-arab.com,
  • eg24hours.com
Libya, Russia
19.12.2019
  • Teleskop
Poland, Belarus, Russia
18.12.2019
  • RT Arabic ,
  • athrpress,
  • midline-news.net,
  • alwafd,
  • m.alwafd.news,
  • shamra,
  • rtarab.com,
  • brocarpress.com,
  • km4news.com,
  • nabd.com,
  • hamsnews.com,
  • alwafd,
  • gulf24.sahafahn.net,
  • alghadpress,
  • akhbarak.net,
  • m.alwafd.news,
  • iq.sahafahn.net,
  • bbcnews1.com,
  • New Hub,
  • bbcnews1.com,
  • bbcnews1.com,
  • emeknes.com,
  • bbcnews1.com,
  • hathalyoum.net,
  • Eltarek,
  • ar.shafaqna.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • Cedar News,
  • albidda.net,
  • albidda.net,
  • yemen.shafaqna.com,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • saadaonline.net,
  • tareeqashaab.com,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • belbalady,
  • nafeza2world.com,
  • albidda.net,
  • lomazoma.com
Afghanistan, US
17.12.2019
  • Sputnik Arabic - (sptnkne.ws)
Sweden, Germany
16.12.2019
  • RT Arabic ,
  • Dam Press,
  • New Hub,
  • Al-Binaa,
  • Gulf 365,
  • Khabar Masr,
  • elnashra.com
Syria, Russia
16.12.2019
  • almayadeen,
  • Katehon - English,
  • Arabi today,
  • Arabi today,
  • alebaa.tv,
  • nabd.com
US, Ukraine, Russia
13.12.2019
  • RT Arabic ,
  • youm7.com,
  • shorouknews.com,
  • Aldawla News,
  • Cedar News,
  • Eltarek,
  • Sahafah Net
Syria, Russia
12.12.2019
  • RT Arabic ,
  • ar.shafaqna.com
11.12.2019
  • RT France - YouTube,
  • Sputnik France
Ukraine
20.06.2019
  • News Front - Spanish
UK, Ukraine, Russia