Court to consider Yanukovych’s comments about Holodomor


A preliminary hearing is scheduled today in the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv over the President’s statement on 27 April in Strasbourg that Holodomor 1932-1933 had not been genocide against any particular nation.  Volodymyr Volosiuk from Khmelnytsky has lodged the civil suit demanding that the President apologise. He believes that “the destruction of the Ukrainian people by the Stalin regime” obliges the President to at least apologise for his words in Strasbourg.  He asserts that the President denigrated his honour and dignity and "committed an act of outrage upon the millions of people destroyed in such a criminal manner."

As reported at the time, Mr Yanukovych’s remarks, while music to the ears of the present Russian leaders, were not in keeping with the law passed by the Verkhovna Rada in November 2006 which recognizes Holodomor as having been genocide of the Ukrainian people. 

Shortly afterwards a Deputy from the ruling coalition tabled a draft law which would remove the word genocide from the 2006 law.  The two Party of the Regions Deputies who then voted for the law were reprimanded by their Party.

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