By Serhiy Makhun
December 3, 2002
On November 28 Verkhovna Rada approved a draft resolution on the 70th
anniversary of the 1932-1933 manmade famine in Ukraine which claimed,
at the most conservative estimate, 5 to 6 million human lives.
The people's deputies also resolved to hold a parliamentary hearing on
February 12, 2003, to honor the memory of victims of the totalitarian
Communist regime, with 308 out of the 423 present deputies voting in favor.
In May 2003 parliament will also conduct a special session attended by the
president of Ukraine and cabinet ministers. Verkhovna Rada has also proposed
that the UN General Assembly pay tribute to the Ukrainian famine victims by
observing a moment of silence.
Meanwhile, on the same day some Our Ukraine bloc members demanded
that the Kharkiv authorities (this region suffered by far the most during
famine) rename a number of city streets and squares "which bear the names
of the famine's organizers and perpetrators."
Those who signed the appeal urge the authorities "to remove the names of
Lenin, Kalinin, Chubar, Postyshev, Kosior, etc.... from the street
nameplates." The Our Ukraine document says that "the logic of naming
Kharkiv's streets shows that the city still cherishes totalitarian-epoch
The Day, Kyiv, Ukraine, December 03, 2002