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Letter of the day: Yanukovych denies Holodomor

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According to media sources in Ukraine, (such as Kyiv's korrespondent.net), one of Viktor Yanukovych's first acts as Ukraine's president was to abolish the official website on the Holodomor, the genocidal famine in which Stalin deliberately starved 10 million Ukrainians to death in 1932-33 (sometimes called "the Ukrainian Holocaust").

This shows his true colours, in that he is prepared to deny, excuse and cover up this horrible crime against humanity.

By seeking to deny the Stalinist famine, he is not only alienating the Ukrainian-speaking, pro-western half of the population, but also his own constituency of russophone Ukrainians and ethnic Russians, many of whom married Ukrainians.

Hardly anyone today seriously believes that the genocide-famine didn't happen. Anyone who still denies it, fully knows he is lying.

What Stalin did to Ukraine and Ukrainians is exactly why Ukrainians hate the Soviet Union so very much, and why many would fight tooth and nail against any attempt to revive the U.S.S.R. in any form, or even to whitewash its legacy -- such as their new president's crude attempt to erase the memory of his nation's greatest collective tragedy.

 

RALPH WATZKE

Regina

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 13, 2010 A19

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