Putin’s Use of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to Glorify Stalin – Dark Times Ahead?

  • This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
  • Stalin's rise in popularity in Russia.
  • Putin's attempt to resurrect the Soviet Union and control over Eastern Europe.

In a historic move, Russia released the original copy of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact two months ago. However, the question remains: What is the Kremlin’s end game? Russia’s social media propaganda machine has been very busy spinning the narrative of a Russian sphere of influence using constant subliminal messages. It’s all part of Vladimir Putin’s new narrative that it was necessary for the Soviet Union to collapse so that a new Russian empire can rise from the ashes.

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This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Unsurprisingly, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director of Information and Press Maria Zakharova is the chief propagandist around the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Additional information was released on August 20th, 2019, during the opening of the Historic Exhibit “1939: The Start of World War II.” Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke at the event.

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Every Soviet classified document released by Russia has a hidden agenda and meaning attached to it. In the age of social media, it’s much easier for the Kremlin to influence posts in a direction favorable for Russia.

Historically, the guarantors of Polish sovereignty were the UK and France. At the time of The Pact, it was not in the best interest of the Soviets to have a war with the British and French. Nevertheless, the Kremlin’s current propaganda intentionally associates the Western democracy style of governance with betrayal while socially engineering an image of Joseph Stalin’s grandiosity and his brilliance in undermining Hitler.

Image Source: Rada.com.ua

Indeed, Stalin was successful in averting a war with the Anglo-French Alliance in 1939. German and Soviet armies drew divisional lines within Poland in September 1939. The Kremlin won, since at the time Poland ceased to exist as an independent nation. Lviv Oblast, which is now Ukraine, went under Soviet control.

The devastating impact of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on the Baltic Republics was their loss of independence. A new compilation of documents “Forced Alliance-Soviet Baltic diplomatic relations and international crisis 1939-1940” released by the Historic Foundation outlines the tragic events.

The current Prime Minister of Moldova declared August 23 to be a day of remembrance for all the victims of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, also known as Black Ribbon Day in some countries.

The European Union also marks August 23 as a day of mourning.

It was designated by the European Parliament in 2008/2009 as “a Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, to be commemorated with dignity and impartiality,” and has been observed annually by the bodies of the European Union since 2009…

23 August was chosen to coincide with the date of the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a 1939 non-aggression pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany which contained a protocol dividing Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland into designated German and Soviet spheres of influence. The treaty was described by the European Parliament’s president Jerzy Buzek in 2010 as “the collusion of the two worst forms of totalitarianism in the history of humanity.” The remembrance day originated in protests held in western cities against Soviet crimes and occupation in the 1980s, initiated by Canadian refugees from countries occupied by the Soviet Union. The protests culminated in The Baltic Way, a major demonstration during the Revolutions of 1989 that contributed to the liberation of the Baltic states” –Wikipedia

Putin’s propaganda works in Russia by releasing and glorifying The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, while putting a positive spin on Stalin.

A disturbing survey was released by the Levada Center, an independent, non-government Russian polling and sociological research organization. The poll suggests half of all Russians are either neutral or positive about Stalin and his numbers continue to rise drastically.

This survey took place between March 21-27, 2019 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 people over the age of 18 in 137 localities of 50 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as a percentage of the number of participants.

Source: Levada Center.

The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed: 3.4% for indicators around 50%
2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%
2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%
1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

IN GENERAL, WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS STALIN? (respondents were presented with a card with a list of possible answers from which they could choose only one)

Positive views of the Soviet Union have also increased according to the recent poll.

Meanwhile, the threat to the West is real and to the Russian people. Putin is easily compared to Stalin. If the trend continues, Russia will revert to Stalin’s regime of evolved repressions and dark times for their eastern European neighbors. An attempt at similar geopolitical control in Europe already has been observed and history tends to repeat itself. Russia’s exit from nuclear treaties, its militarization, and its closure from the world wide web signals dark times ahead. Could it mean physicists and scientists will be murdered just as Stalin once ordered? The possibilities are horrendous.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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