Sputnik Latvia brings forward a quote by George Orwell from his novel Nineteen-Eighty-Four, commenting on the European Parliament's resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe: "Who controls the past, controls the future". Sputnik's columnist suggests that the parliamentarians have been inspired by the methods outlined in the novel's Ministry of Truth and compare the European Parliament's resolution with the 1936 Anti-Comintern Pact of Germany, Italy and Japan.
The Kremlin disinformation outlets are vehemently attacking the European Parliament for the resolution "allows the destructions of monuments of the fight against Fascism"; it is "a political hatchet job for Poland"; it "ignores fascism in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia". Russian state media actually say that the European Parliament has joined forces with Fascism.
War is Peace
Using Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four for suggesting a looming dictatorship is not terribly original, but a key element of the novel is the distant, but perpetual war between the super-states that control the world. The alliances between the powers change, but the state propaganda retains that the alliances are eternal and stable: "Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia".
This model is mirrored in today's pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. "Russia was always at war with Nazism". We learn, for instance, that the Soviet Union started the liberation of Nazi Occupied Poland on 17 September 1939. "Who controls the past, controls the future".
The pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets are certainly working hard to assume control over the past. The decision to move 1980 statue in Prague to a museum from a public square has become a top story in Sputnik for several weeks, broadcasting various attacks on the Czech Republic: The statue is removed to provoke hatred against Russia. The local leadership is branded "Gauleiter", hinting of Nazi connections to the decision. And moving the statue is called a violation of Czech international obligations. Which it isn't.
Freedom is Slavery
This week's Disinformation Review contains pro-Kremlin disinformation attacks in almost all possible directions: We've mentioned the European Parliament, Estonia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. Poland is, of course, a target. The Kremlin's Polonophobia shows no signs of receding – roughly one out of ten cases this week is devoted to Poland, suggesting, for instance, that it was Poland's fault that Stalin attacked the country. Or that current Poland wants to dictate its will to EU. Ukraine and the US is also attacked; the US supporting ISIS terrorists; Ukraine applying to be a US State and generally being Nazi.