Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Considering there is no true neutral point of view (only a kind of mostly neutral grey area that is mostly neutral but never entirely) it doesn't come as a surprise that Wikipedias in different languages treat political subjects in different ways, but it can be hard to verify this unless you happen to be particularly adept at languages. Google Translate can help, but it's certainly not perfect.
An article here from Radio Free Europe though has done all the work for us on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, comparing the point of view of the English Wikipedia compared with that in the Russian Wikipedia. Check it out to see just how one ends up with quite a different perspective on the exact same event through just a slight variation in emphasis here and there.