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Sentence to Stalin, his comrades for organizing Holodomor takes effect in Ukraine

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Jan. 21, 2010, 4:55 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Kyiv Court of Appeals found former leaders of the USSR and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic guilty of organizing the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine.

The decision made by the Kyiv Court of Appeals, which found former leaders of the USSR and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic guilty of organizing the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine, became effective on Jan. 21. The decision has taken effect after not having been contested in the Supreme Court for seven days, the Ukrainian Security Service press service told Interfax on Thursday.

The Kyiv Court of Appeal, in a ruling on January 13, accused Joseph Stalin and other leaders of the former Soviet Union and Soviet Ukraine of organizing a mass famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that the court qualified as genocide, the Ukrainian Security Service said in a press release.

The court charged Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, Lazar Kaganovich, Stanislav Kosior, Pavel Postyshev, Vlas Chubar and Mendel Khatayevich with genocide, but, due to their deaths, quashed proceedings against them launched by the Security Service in May 2009.

According to the findings of a forensic investigation by the Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Studies of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, the famine, known as Holodomor, claimed 3.94 million lives in Ukraine.

Russian historians mainly disagree with the allegations of the genocide of the people of Ukraine in the 1930s, saying the Holodomor hurt millions of people not only in Ukraine, but also in Povolzhye and some other regions of the USSR.
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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 5:33 p.m.    

To say that "only" 3.94 million died is a travesty of justice and I am shocked that Ukrainians accept it. The truth is closer to over 7 million but Jewish interests are trying to water down Ukrainian casualties because, Heaven Forbid!, it would put the 6 million Jews in the pale. Entire villages were decimated and the Soviets did not want to count our dead. It is acknowledged that counting stopped after millions perished.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 6:01 p.m.    

Anti-Semitism if defined as "hatred of Jews simply because they are Jews and for no other reason" is a disease that needs psychotherapy to cure. However this disease has a low true incidence despite its political and polemic misuse. Very few people are actually anti-Semites (including Arabs who are also "Semites" despite "politically correct" attempts to legislate "hate laws" so as to bring criminal charges of "anti-Semitism" against ANYONE {including "Semites"} who dare to question or criticize the misdeeds of Zionists or other Jews).

It truly is as Joe Sobran states : anti-Semites used to be people who hated Jews; Today anti-Semites are those who ARE hated by the Jews! Valid criticism of some Jews for their actions or inactions is NOT anti-Semitism. Malcolm Muggeridge, a journalist who witnessed the Holodomor, documents that there were three censors of the Holodomor, all Jews: Podolski,Nehman and Ehrens.see page 223 of his autobiography "Chronicles of Wasted Time:The Green Stick". He rightly concludes that the fact that they were all Jews "had no particular significance" as they all perished in the subsequent "Great Terror"as did their non-Jewish Communists colleagues.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 6:54 p.m.    

As I understand it the Holodomor is about Stalin's regime and what horrors it perpetrated on Ukrainians. So why are you writing about Anti-Semitism. What has that got to do with Uncle Joe and his comrades. The fact as MM put it, that the censors were themselves Jews is of no particular significance. The one thing in common that Jews and Ukrainians share is that they were both victims of Murderous Regimes. Remember that the Soviets and the Nazis both collaborated at the beginning of WW11 to engineer history's most horrific crimes against humanity.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 7:31 p.m.    

these issues NEED to be brought up and discussed so that they are NOT exploited by extremists of either side...

Jewish involvement has been linked to anti-Ukrainian genocide the same way that Ukrainian involvement has been linked to anti-Jewish genocide e.g.Demjanjuk

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 11:42 p.m.    

There is a big difference between "Jewish involvement" in the Holodomor and "involvement of many Jews" in the Holodomor. The first concept smears all Jews with involvement in the Holodomor which is very wrong, and the other states that many Jews were involved in the Soviet Russian engineered Genocide of the Ukrainian people, known as the Holodomor, which is a historical fact.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 12:22 a.m.    

Good! You are on the right track!!!Congratulations for clarification!!!

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 8:46 p.m.    

The Holodomor was the brainchild of Stalin and his cohorts. The fact that the most enthusiastic executioners of this famine were jews might be insignificant...but it is fact. To point that out is not antisemitism.

What is disappointing and unconscionable is Israel's refusal

to call the Holodomor a genocide. There are two self serving reasons for that. One is they want no other human tragedy to be equated with the Holocaust. The other is they do not want a spotlight on their co-religionists as being primary enablers of the Holodomor. Either way, it's a black stain on them.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 9:25 p.m.    

Stalin's Willing Executioners ...there's actually an article published by that title somewhere

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 9:28 p.m.    

go to Google and search:“Stalin’s Willing Executioners”?

By Kevin MacDonald

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 9:37 p.m.    

Most unfortunate, I think, because this signals a corruption of the Ukrainian justice system. In Canada and the US, the criminal courts never put dead people on trial. Once you're dead, over here, then judgment comes from historians, professional and amateur, and not from the justice system. Ukrainian courts are being used to adjust historical truth, which they should not be meddling with. Their decision carries no weight, as they are not historians, and as the decision was not contested. What is particularly undesirable about this is a court making a decision after hearing only one side of the story. This alone makes their action a travesty. When a defendant is alive, then even if he/she can't afford a lawyer, one will be assigned, but was there any lawyer assigned to defend Stalin and the others?

It is shortsighted to welcome this decision because we like its direction, despite its violating a fundamental principal of criminal justice. This attitude may produce welcome results in some cases, but leaves the door open to its producing unwelcome results in others. The Jews convicted JD in Jerusalem because the public welcomed the guilty verdict; that it was arrived at in a kangaroo court did not trouble them. A court that can convict an undefended Stalin is a court that can convict anyone it wants, which someday may be a Ukrainian patriot, or someone offensive to the ruling oligarchs.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 10:01 p.m.    

If other jurisdictions were to adopt Ukraine's practice, then we might expect to see Petliura hauled before a criminal court in Jerusalem, Bandera to be put on trial in Moscow, and Khmelnytsky to appear as defendant in Warsaw.

Must adopt higher standards for JUSTICE and discard Stalinist Russian standards once and for all.

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