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23.07.2008

SBU to name perpetrators of Holodomor and repression

   

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] is to make public the first list, based on its archival material, of Party and Soviet figures, heads of the punitive bodies – ODPU and DPU * for 1932-1933, as well as documents signed by them personally which formed the organizational and legal basis for committing Holodomor-Genocide in Ukraine and mass repression.

The SBU states that the archival documents indicate without any doubt that Holodomor 1932-1933 was the result of planned criminal actions by a totalitarian communist regime.

Visitors to the website will not only be provided with the lists of names, but also the protocols of meetings of the Politburo, instructions to Party activists, resolutions, etc.

“The documents clearly show that during Holodomor-Genocide 1932-1933, on the instructions of the Politiburo (Stalin, Molotov, Kaganovich, Voroshilov and others), the leadership of the punitive bodies issued operational orders and other normative documents on carrying out mass operations of repression against “kulaks”, “saboteurs”, “money-bag-speculators” and other “counter-revolutionary” elements in order to subjugate the Ukrainian villages and elicit famine which led to millions of victims under the Ukrainian people”.

The SBU states that this publication is the beginning of a new archival document project and they call on the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, the State Archive Committee, legal experts, specialists in branch archives of the law enforcement agencies, and researchers into Holodomor, representatives of nongovernmental organizations to become involved in work on a document base for assessing the actions of the organizers and perpetrators of Holodomor – Genocide in Ukraine, and condemnation of those guilty or organizing and carrying out these crimes.

* ODPU, is probably better known as OGPU [from the letters in Russian] and stands for the United State Political Department [ODPU] under the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR; DPU [of Russian GPU] was the State Political Department for the Ukrainian SSR [translator]

The SBU website is at: www.ssu.gov.ua

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