Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ukrainians' minds already made up on Holodomor

Portions of an article on Holodomor memorial from 'Donbass' newpaper:

"..The Day of Remembrance for Victims of Holodomor and political repressions in Ukraine is marked the fourth Saturday of each November.

On January 21st, 2010 a ruling of the Court of Appeal in Kyiv came into force prescribing blame for the organization in 1932-1933 Famine-Genocide in Ukraine on the Bolshevik leaders of the USSR and the USSR. A corresponding decision was made by the Court on 13th January 2010.

The Court decision confirmed the findings of investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine on the organization of and commission, in 1932-1933 on the territory of the Ukrainian SSR, of the leadership of the Bolshevik totalitarian regime [the general secretary of the CPSU (Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) Joseph Stalin, member of the CPSU, chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR Vyacheslav Molotov, secretaries of the CPSU, Lazar Kaganovich, and Paul Postyshev, member of the CPSU, General Secretary of the Communist Party in Ukraine, Stanislav Kosior, member of the CPSU, chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Vlas Chubar, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Mendel Khatayevich] in the "genocide of the Ukrainian national group (gruppa), i.e. artificially creating conditions calculated to bring about its partial physical destruction."

The court determined that Stalin, Molotov, Kaganovich, Postyshev, Kosior, Chubar and Khatayevich committed the crime of genocide, according to article 442 Part 1 of the Criminal Code (genocide), and closed the criminal case in connection with their deaths.

As a result, the genocide in Ukraine of three million 941 thousand people was perpetrated (according to the findings of a pre-trial forensic demographic investigation by the State Academy of Science Institute of Demography and Social Studies im. Ptukhi) .

Criminal charges of genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933, were initiated in May 2009, by the SBU under Part 1 of Art. 442 of the Penal Code."

Quite clear then, where the editors of 'Donbass' (and a good portion of its readership?), who can hardly be considered 'anti-Russian', stand on this issue.

So why are the Russians so upset by the "g-word"?

Some current events TV programmes deliberately introduce lengthy aggressive debates on the Holodomor and kick awkward topics for the government, such as current demonstrations by small-scale entrepreneurs against the passing of a new tax laws, into the long grass.

p.s. Watch and listen to truly moving eye-witness accounts of the Holodomor, with English sub-titles, in Anna Gin's film, 'Zhernova' [The stone mill] here.

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