Disinfo: Famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was not a genocide of the population


The Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was not an act of genocide – it has long been a well-known fact.



This is the Kremlin’s repeated narrative that the Soviet regime did not destroy ethnic Ukrainians in the period 1932-1933. The Holodomor was Joseph Stalin's conscious policy towards Ukrainian peasants. The Soviet regime created an artificial famine in Soviet Ukraine, which affected parts of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia. The Stalinist regime used the confiscation of food as a weapon of mass destruction - food was forcibly taken from farmers.

It is estimated that the famine of 1932-1933 claimed the lives of 7 to 10 million citizens of the Soviet Union. In 1933, mortality in Ukraine became catastrophic, 28,000 people died every day, 1168 people every hour, 20 Ukrainians every minute.

In 2006, the Verkhovna Rada officially recognised the Holodomor of 1932-33 as genocide of the Ukrainian people. According to the latest data, 15 UN member states and the Vatican state recognise the Holodomor genocide act in Ukraine. The European Parliament and PACE have recognised the Holodomor as a crime of the Soviet regime against their own people and a crime against humanity.


  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Holodomor, Genocide, Joseph Stalin


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