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28.11.2006

Verkhovna Rada passes Law declaring Holodomor genocide

   

The Verkhovna Rada today, 28 November, passed the Law “On Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine” introduced by President Yushchenko, with amendments proposed by the Speaker of Parliament Oleksandr Moroz.

233 State Deputies (out of 435 registered) voted for the Law: 2 from the Party of the Regions; 118 from BYuT; 79 from “Nasha Ukraina”; thirty from the Socialist Party, as well as 4 non-faction Deputies. The Communist Party did not take part in the vote.

The amendments suggested by Oleksandr Moroz included the following:

Instead of “Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine was genocide of the Ukrainian nation [natsiya]”, the adopted form calls it “genocide of the Ukrainian people [narod]”.

Where the President’s draft law read: “Public denial of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine is an affront to the memory of the millions of victims of Holodomor, denigration of the dignity of the Ukrainian people and is prohibited”, the version proposed by Moroz and passed reads:

“Public denial of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine is an affront to the memory of the millions of victims of Holodomor, denigration of the dignity of the Ukrainian people and is unlawful.”

The norm in the original version which envisaged administrative liability (a fine) for public denial of Holodomor has been excluded.

The law eventually passed (reg. №2470- d) came after unsuccessful voting on the President’s draft law and the draft law presented by members of the Party of the Regions, the latter having proposed a version which replaced the word  “genocide” with  “tragedy”.

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