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Russia’s Barbaric Denial on Holodomor

It’s interesting, dear reader, is it not, that Russians claim there was genocide in Ossetia by Georgia in 2008 but not in Ukraine by Russia in the 1930’s.  That one sentence alone epitomizes the barbaric nature of Putin’s Russia. We dare to wonder how Russians would react if Germans started saying the never invaded Russia or laid seige to Leningrad, but only had a few skirmishes at the border and didn’t kill more than a few thousand Russians.  Doubtless, they’d take it badly.  Yet, they are doing exactly the same thing in regard to Ukraine. Classic Russian hypocrisy.  Cathy Young, contributing editor of Reason magazine, writing in the Weekly Standard:

This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most horrific chapters in the history of the Soviet Union: the great famine the Ukrainians call Holodomor, “murder by starvation.” This catastrophe, which killed an estimated 6 to 10 million people in 1932-33, was largely the product of deliberate Soviet policies. Inevitably, then, its history is fodder for acrimonious disputes.

Ukraine–which, with Canada and a few other countries, observed Holodomor Remembrance Day on November 23–seeks international recognition for a Ukrainian “genocide.” Russia denounces that demand as political exploitation of a wider tragedy. Some Russian human rights activists are skeptical of both positions.

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Another Original LR Translation: Latynina on Golodomor via Essel

The “So-Called” Golodomor

Yuliya Latynina

Yezhednevny Zhurnal

24 November 2008

Translated from the Russian by Dave Essel

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev did not attend the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Golodomor. Instead, he sent a letter in which he waxed wrathful about the wedge being driven between two brotherly peoples by ill-wishers who speak of a “so-called” Golodomor.

“The tragic events of the early 1930s are being used to further transient and fleeting political aims,” the President wrote.  He added:  “Without waiting for the results of a wide-ranging study of the problems by competent experts, we are having a simplistic depiction of the past imposed on us. The people who are promoting the thesis of a “genocidal man-made famine” do not care in the least about scientific accuracy. Their aim is to drive a wedge between our fraternal peoples.”

Last Friday, I was on Savik Shuster’s “Shuster Live” program which was dedicated to the Golodomor. The guests on the programme divided into two parties. One group consisted of Russophile politicians. The view they expounded was that firstly, there wasn’t any Golodomor, secondly, the Americans were to blame, and thirdly, that everyone suffered from it.

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