Monday 28 July 2008.

SBU publicizes list of Soviet high-ranking officials who engineered Great Famine and repression in Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has released on its website the first list of high-ranking Soviet state and party officials and NKVD henchmen who perpetrated and executed the man-made famine and repression in 1932-1933 in Ukraine. The list also includes documents signed by Great Famine (Holodomor) perpetrators that served as organizational and legal base for repression, Ukraine’s Western Information Agency (ZIK) reports, referring to SBU press service.

The documents taken from SBU archives convincingly prove that the Famine of 1932-1933 was engineered by the criminal totalitarian Communist regime. Now these hitherto classified documents have been made available to the Ukrainian public.

Visitors to the SBU site can now not only acquaint themselves with the list of Soviet officials but also read the documents signed by them, protocols of Politburo sessions, secret instructions to party members, the text of the infamous law imposing cruel punishment for the theft of grain by famine-stricken peasants and death statistics by law-enforcement bodies.

The publication is the start of a new project by the SBU to present to the public classified documents from Soviet archives. The SBU urges the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, the State Committee on Archives, experts in regional state archives, Holodomor researchers to join the project with the purpose of evaluating the role of organizers and executors of the Famine and repression to bring them to account.

SBU says it has made public all available archive materials about the Famine in 1932-1933. For the first time, SBU opened its archives in 2006, notably, the Soviet documents on Holodomor. These documents have been included in “Declassified Memory. 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine as represented by NKVD documents,” Kyiv, 2007. Its electronic version is available on the SBU site.

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