Disinfo: Holodomor-Genocide invented by Ukraine

Summary

Ukraine is trying to hype this topic up, stubbornly not noticing that there is no plot for this. So much has already been said, told and rewritten about this, that it is not worth scattering the beads abundantly once again.

There really was a severe famine in 1932-33, it happened, including in Ukraine. This is undeniably a tragedy, it is an undeniable fact. However, historical truth and facts refute the stretched myth that genocide was carried out in Ukraine on a national basis, which completely destroys the “sacredness” of the celebrated date.

In the early 30s of the last century it was difficult for everyone. And the Ukrainians, and Belarusians, and Russians, and Tatars, and everyone else. But only in Ukraine they distort this fact, inventing some kind of exclusivity, putting themselves in a special position

Disproof

This is another disinformation narrative claiming that there was no artificially created famine in Ukraine. The Holodomor is well documented and was not invented as anti-Soviet propaganda during the Cold War. The genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933 is confirmed by a huge array of declassified documents, including official documents of the Soviet authorities and the Communist Party. The Security Service of Ukraine has declassified more than 5,000 pages of state archives about the Holodomor.

The Holodomor was an artificial famine created with the aim of destroying the Ukrainian peasantry. The Soviet state took away livestock, crops and seeds from the peasants under the guise that the peasants "plundered" state property. The Soviet law on the seizure of food from peasants was adopted in 1932. The punitive document is known as the "Five Spikelet Law". Everyone who gathered several ears of wheat on the collective farm field was a culprit in the "theft of state property". If the law was not enforced, people were shot, including children. Convicts were not subject to amnesty.

The famine of 1932-1933 claimed the lives of 7 to 10 million citizens of the Soviet Union; the disaster affected not only Ukraine but also parts of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia.

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

See similar disinformation cases alleging that there is no evidence of Holodomor in Ukraine, that the famine of 1932-1933 was not ethnically directed against Ukrainians, that Holodomor was a large-scale sabotage against the Soviet Union, or that the law of spikelets in the USSR did not kill citizens, but defended socialist property from plunder.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Holodomor, USSR, Genocide

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