Germany Says Stalin’s Holodomor Famine Was Genocide – POLITICO

BERLIN — German lawmakers have called Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s “Holodomor” — in which millions of Ukrainians died of forced starvation in the early 1930s — a genocide.

Lawmakers in Germany’s parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the joint three-party resolution of the coalition government – the Social Democrats, the Free Democrat Liberals and the Greens – with the centre-right CDU/CSU opposition group, calling the Holodomor a “crime”. against humanity. »

During the debate, all parliamentary groups condemned the Holodomor, but the far-right Alternative for Germany and the Socialist Left abstained from voting.

According to the resolution, the Soviet leadership’s quest to control farmers merged with the suppression of the Ukrainian way of life, language and culture.

“Thus, from today’s perspective, a historical-political classification as genocide is evident. The German Bundestag shares such a ranking,” the text concludes.

The Bundestag also decided to further support the commemoration of Holodomor victims and international awareness of the famine, while making a clear link to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing war against Ukraine.

“More than ever, in these days of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which is contrary to international law and at the same time an attack on our order of peace and our European values, we defend the fact that it there must no longer be room for ambition and oppression by the great powers in Europe,” reads the text.


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