Tragedy of the Great Famine (Holodomor): PACE advocates establishing the full un-politicised truth

Strasbourg, 28.04.2010 – In a resolution adopted today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) strongly condemned “the cruel policies pursued by the Stalinist regime” which triggered the Great Famine in 1929 in the grain-growing areas of the former Soviet Union, culminating in 1932-33.

PACE “resolutely rejects any attempts to justify these deadly policies, by whatever purposes”; for the parliamentarians, these policies as deliberately conducted by the Soviet regime, are comparable to “a crime against humanity” because they led to the deaths of “millions of innocent people in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, which were parts of the Soviet Union”.  The Assembly stresses that in Ukraine, which suffered most, these tragic events are referred to as Holodomor (politically motivated famine) and are recognised by Ukrainian law as an act of genocide against the Ukrainians.

While these events may have had particularities in different regions, as pointed out in the report by Mevlüt Çavusoglu (Turkey, EDG), the results were the same everywhere: millions of human lives were sacrificed to the fulfilment of the policies of the Stalinist regime. PACE recommends establishing the full, un-biased and un-politicised truth about this human tragedy, and making it public. The Assembly welcomes the important work already done in Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Russia and in particular in Ukraine in order to ease access to archives, and calls on the competent authorities of these countries to open up all their archives and facilitate access thereto to all researchers, including from other states.