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How many here are familiar with the Holodomor?

I only became aware of it recently and it was hid from the world for many years and would probably have never been uncovered if not for the brave journalism of Welshman Gareth Jones (and to some extent Malcolm Muggeridge and others who assisted his work).

Many Western journalists were aware of it and still tried to cover it up because of their Communist/Socialist sympathies. Jones was kidnapped, and eventually murdered while he was on another "fact-finding mission" in the Far East at the age of 29.

Anyway, it was basically a holocaust of system starvation of the Ukrainian people by Stalin and the Russians in the name of collective farming, and millions of Ukrainians died horrible deaths over the period of about 12 months or perhaps a little more.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Jones_(journalist)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor

"The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р, romanized: Holodomor, 'to kill by starvation' also known as the Terror-Famine or the Great Famine, was a famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. It was a large part of the wider Soviet famine of 19321933. The term Holodomor emphasises the famine's man-made and allegedly intentional aspects such as rejection of outside aid, confiscation of all household foodstuffs and restriction of population movement. As part of the wider Soviet famine of 19321933 which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country, millions of inhabitants of Ukraine, the majority of whom were ethnic Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and 15 other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet government.

Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly. A United Nations joint statement signed by 25 countries in 2003 declared that 710 million perished. Current scholarship estimates a range of 4 to 7 million victims, with more precise estimates ranging from 3.3 to 5 million. According to the findings of the Court of Appeal of Kyiv in 2010, the demographic losses due to the famine amounted to 10 million, with 3.9 million direct famine deaths, and a further 6.1 million birth deficits." [more at link]

This is not the first time the Russian Government has tried to destroy the Ukrainian people. I know it's not current events, but I thought it was interesting as I was reading up on Russian/Ukrainian history and thought it might interest people to know about it.
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