Juliana Pilon, Senior Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), recently published on Putin and Russian disinformation and the war in Ukraine in the Wall Street Journal.

In Dr. Pilon’s op-ed, “Putin’s ‘De-Nazification’ Claim Began With Marx and Stalin,” she points out that anti-Semitic myths have been a part of communist ideology and Soviet disinformation campaigns for more than a century. “Vladimir Putin’s pretext for war against Ukraine—to ‘de-Nazify’ a democratic country led by a Jewish president,” she contends, “would be preposterous were it not resting on a myth long a staple of Soviet disinformation and ideological warfare.”

When placed in historical context, “the Soviet/Russian myth of antifascism, anti-Nazism and anti-Zionism is far more than rhetoric. In Mr. Putin’s hands, we see its brutality, to which the world appears to be awakening.”