Tag "history"

The fireworks of pro-Kremlin disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo This week is the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact – a non-aggression agreement between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Labelled as the honeymoon for two dictators, it divided Europe into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence, leading to World War II and all its tragic consequences. The day of the signing of the pact – the 23rd of August – is observed as a day of remembrance for victims

Kremlin using archaeologists in Karelia to undermine truth and whitewash Stalin’s reputation

Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Moscow has deployed archaeologists at Sandarmokh, the site in Karelia where more than 10,000 of Stalin’s victims were buried, in a transparent effort to rewrite history a la Katyn by suggesting that those buried there were killed by the Finns during the Winter War rather than by the Soviet dictatorship throughout its history. Sandarmokh attracted attention beginning in the 1990s thanks to the heroic efforts

Russian politician calls HBO Chernobyl ‘anti-Soviet filth’, falsely accuses producers of distortion

By Polygraph Dmitry Yevseyev leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation branch in the city of Cheboksary “The Chernobyl series … is packed with petty anti-Soviet filth, which poisons viewers’ brains, thus becoming a deliberate, well-thought-out distortion of Soviet reality.” Source: Regnum news agency, June 13, 2019 False The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” has been praised for its accuracy. On June 13, Russia’s Regnum news agency published a review

Russia rains on D-Day parade

By Polygraph Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman “The Normandy landings were not a game-changer for the outcome of WWII and the Great Patriotic War. The outcome was determined by the Red Army’s victories – mainly, in Stalingrad and Kursk. For three years, the UK and then the US dragged out opening the second front.” Source: Twitter, June 5, 2019 False Historians agree D-Day was a “game-changer” despite Russian Foreign

Moscow lLashes out at Lithuanian criminal convictions of Soviet officers

By Polygraph Alexander Guschin Associate Professor, Department of Post-Soviet Countries, Russian State University for the Humanities Statement “Lithuania was not independent, it was not recognized by the international community, and accordingly the actions of the Soviet Special Forces and the army to end the unrest were legitimate.” Source: TASS Russian News Agency, April11, 2019 False Legal complexities don’t trump Soviet culpability On March 27, 2019, the Vilnius Regional Court sentenced

#PackOfLies. Does the Kremlin use Trotsky to warn the opposition?

By Donatas Puslys, Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, for StopFake “We will come back and destroy you all“, – Leon Trotsky said after the failed 1905 revolution. The governor of the Saratov region and the future Tsarist Russian Prime Minister, Pyotr Stolypin, replied: “You don’t understand one thing. Any religion built on blood is a monster that will sooner or later devour its children. Do you think you will feed

Edward Lucas: Threads of the past

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Edward Lucas seams together a Soviet chic garment and the Kremlin’s inability to deal honestly with history. Nazi memorabilia is not cool. If you hold your nose and look on the internet, you can find flags, T-shirts and bumper stickers commemorating the Third Reich on sale at outlets that also sell pagan-themed cigarette lighters and Ku Klux Klan regalia. But no reputable retailer would stock

Ukraine’s Stolen History, Stolen Culture

By Lesia Kuruts-Tkach, Atlantic Council Until recently, Ukrainian culture was perceived internationally as a subset of Russian culture. Even now, after Ukraine has had almost twenty-seven years of independence and with hundreds of years of history behind it, Ukrainian history is often presented as Russian. Mykola Gogol, Volodymyr the Great, the Kyivan Rus, Anne of Kyiv—all of this is Ukrainian, but has long been skillfully and fraudulently presented as Russian. The

‘Comedy of Terrors’ Creating Real Problems for Moscow

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Armand Iannuci’s new British film, The Death of Stalin: A Comedy of Terrors, is presenting some real problems for the Russian authorities. On the one hand, banning the film will only attract more views to it online if not in theaters and make “banned in Moscow” almost as much a selling point as “banned in Boston” used to be in the US. And on

Russian embassy press secretary tweets misleading facts about World War II

By Polygraph Nick Lakhonin Press Secretary, Russian Embassy to U.S. “Do not forget to mention – USSR & US were allies – Baltic states were dictatorships Hopefully historian Richie will tell how Lithuania received its capital in 1939, about Holocaust in t/ Baltics, Nordic Waffen SS volunteers” Source: Twitter, January 2, 2018 MISLEADING The press secretary leaves out important facts in his tweet. On January 2, the official Twitter account

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