There is no evidence of the Holodomor in Ukraine

Summary

The Holodomor theme is a term that appeared in the Cold War as an element of anti-Soviet propaganda. There was no famine in Ukraine because there is no documentary evidence of this.

Disproof

This is another disinformation narrative claiming that there was no artificially created famine in Ukraine. The Holodomor is well documented and was not made up 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 Soviets 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Repression, Holodomor, USSR, Joseph Stalin
  • Outlet: Voskresnyi Vecher with Vladimir Solovyov @ Rossiya 1 time 00:41:46-00:41:50; Ukraina.ru
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