Never Before Released Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact Docs: Are They Real and What’s Putin’s Intent?

  • Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact autheniticty.
  • Comparison of the German and Russian side documentation.

In a historical move, Russia has released the original copy of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This pact was the pre-WWII agreement between the Soviet Union and Germany. This supposed “non-aggression ” agreement was signed by the two super powers on August 23, 1939. It was released by a historical Russian group.

The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, officially known as the Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was for 10 years dated August 23, 1939 agreement entailing both parties not to attack each other and maintain neutrality, if one of the sides became embroiled in the military operations involving third parties. Furthermore, it included sharing information pertaining each side direct interests. Nevertheless, The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact dissolved, alongside all the other previous agreements, when Germany attacked the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. It is speculated by many historians that agreement only made World War II a reality and aided in its start quicker and ended collective security understanding within Europe period. The agreement included supplementary protocol which included Finland and Eastern Polish regions to be entered in the sphere of Soviet Interests and be absorbed into USSR. Lithuania and additional regions of Poland, were going to fall under German interests. Germany attacked Poland on September 1st, 1939. Russian army entered Poland in their regions on September 17, 1939.

German docs.

The information was posted earlier in 1990’s but actual visual scans only became available previous week. The question remains if the documents are true originals given the fact German classified protocols only exist on microfilm under “Von Schleicher collection” Under General Kurt von Schleicher the individual military services’ intelligence units were combined in Nazi Germany. The documents are clearly copies and can be viewed and located here. The pact in question is published on the German side.

Russian docs.

If you compare the copies on the German side from the link you will notice the page boundaries will not constitute with the the Russian side published pact. The pact documents can be found here.

Anyone comparing published documents in German and released by Russia last week and comparing them to the German documents can see discrepancies. Hence the posed question were the documents doctored by Germans or Soviets or chosen to do so together, since the online project is a collaborative effort. Russia posted last week documents, which are reproductions, even though claimed to be done from originals.  The German documentation seem to be Xerox used copies in the first place. There are many disputes that occurred in early 1990s about the facts too when just verbatim was released without original documentation to follow only now.

In 1948 the pact using photocopies was published by U.S.A. State Department, which at the time Soviet denied ever having that protocol.

The release was peculiar as well, instead of officially releasing it from the Russian government, the documents were released through a third-party institution. It could also be construed; it allows margin for error at the latter date. Anyone doing the comparison of the documentation between Russian and German release alone can point out in mismatching information. In which case, Germany would have access to microfilms and why not utilize those to publish the documentation online?

Nevertheless, Molotov Ribbentrop pact became absolute, including all the other previous agreements when Germany attacked Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

The documents were found in personal Safe envelope docket #34. of the last official leader of Soviet Union Michael Gorbachev

Another fact that is still remains questionable, is the announcement in 1992 right after Soviet Union collapse in 1991, the original copies of the documents were found in personal Safe envelope docket #34. of the last official leader of Soviet Union Michael Gorbachev. The sensationalism of the documents that weren’t shown period and interestingly enough made appearance last week in the year 2019. Almost 27 years later and if you compare them in German language only with the German Side online posting. It is clearly not a proper reproduction or is it? Betwixt the paper quality and monograph and the verbatim including numerification it appears to be a mismatch, yet the online project is claimed to be collaboration. What would be Russian’ interest in this or what Putin could be angling at this time with history?

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Christina Kitova

Christina Kitova spent most of her professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation

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