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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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