Moscow was able to adequately respond to Warsaw

Poland, the Baltic States, and other countries have launched anti-Russian smear campaign to impose its own version of history and continue heated dispute over WWII history. The Polish government reacted hysterically when the Kremlin adequately responded to Warsaw's accusations, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky says.

In January 2018, Poland adopted the law on the Holocaust that has triggered a wave of international criticism, particularly from Israel and the US. This controversial law bans mentions of Polish complicity in the Holocaust and rewrites the history. Global counteraction to Holocaust law was so great that Warsaw was pressured to revise it to remove criminal penalties. This was widely distributed and taken up by the mass media and after that Poland emerged as one of the most anti-Semitic countries in the world. "The fact that Russia mentioned the Jewish issue is a strong and calculated move that allowed Moscow to find allies such as Israel and the United States," Nemensky points out.

"The Kremlin's adequate respond to Warsaw' anti-Russian propaganda during the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Jerusalem, which got the support from the Israeli government, is a defeat for Poland's historical policy. For Russia, this is only the beginning of the counter-disinformation campaign. If Moscow actively protects its values and interests in historical memory, it will undoubtedly be much more difficult to conduct discreditation campaigns against Russia," RISS expert concluded.

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