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19.03.2009

Perpetrators of Holodomor named

   

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has made public an updated list based on its archival material of those directly involved in organizing and carrying out Holodomor, the manmade Famine of 1932-1933.

The names have been established of 136 people who took decisions leading to the death of millions of people. They include: 19 heads of the All-Union Communist Party and highest bodies of Soviet power, the OGPU and GPU of the Ukrainian SSR; 8 heads of regional and district bodies of the GPU; 33 heads of secret political, economic and investigative departments and their deputies; 59 district authorized operations officers and their assistants; and 17 prosecutors and their deputies.

The interactive part of the tables makes it possible to open and see electronic copies of documents passed or signed by those individuals.  There is also an explanation of the content of documents which directly or indirectly caused the physical destruction of people, imprisonment, displacement, fall in the birth rate, high mortality from starvation, mental disorders.

The SBU Press Service says that documents about Holodomor have been declassified and made generally available. They should help to establish the specific perpetrators of the genocide.

The Head of the SBU Valentin Nallyvaichenko believes that the passing of a just verdict by the Ukrainian justice system and the world community is necessary in view of the moral duty before the victims of Holodomor. It will testify to the inevitability of punishment for crimes against humanity and about the overcoming of the terrible legacy of the Soviet past.

Abridged from the report issued by the SBU Press Service

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