The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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UKRAINE MOURNS 7 MLN TO 10 MLN VICTIMS OF 1930's FAMINE
  

Interfax
Kyiv, Ukraine
November 23, 2002

 

KYIV. Nov 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) - The Verkhovna Rada, or Ukrainian parliament, plans an investigation into a 1930s famine in the country that claimed, according to various sources, seven million to 10 million lives, the speaker said on Saturday.

Ukraine experienced three famines in the Soviet era - in 1921- 1923, 1932-1933 and 1946-1947. The 1930s famine was the severest. Its estimated death toll of seven to 10 million amounted to between 10% and 25% of Ukraine's population, which means the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was on average losing 17 lives per minute, 1,000 per hour, and 25,000 per day.

The legislature plans a hearing, inviting "scholars, witnesses, and members of public at large to tell from the supreme rostrum the truth about the genocide against the Ukrainian people," speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn said at a concert marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the disaster.

He expressed confidence that parliament would qualify the famine as a genocide.

The famine is commemorated annually on the fourth Saturday of November.

 
 

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