UWC CONDEMNS PROPOSED STALIN MONUMENT

09.04.10


In a letter to the President of Ukraine dated 9 April 2010, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), of which the AUGB is a member organisation, has expressed its “deep concern with regard to the statement made by the Communist Party of Ukraine regarding the erection of a monument to Stalin in early May 2010 in Osh, and later - in other cities of Ukraine.”

The UWC has reminded President Yanukovych that “Stalin was the creator of the Soviet totalitarian regime that caused forced Russification, the elimination of Ukrainian Orthodox and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churches, the physical destruction of Ukrainian clergy and intelligentsia, the destruction of Ukrainian shrines, fierce repression against the Ukrainian nation and the Holodomor in which millions of Ukrainians were forcibly starved to death in 1932-33.”

The letter goes on to cite the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted on 28 November 2006 quoting "Article 1. The 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine was a genocide against the Ukrainian people" and "Article 2. Public denial of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine... is illegal.”

In conclusion the UWC urges the President of Ukraine to take all necessary measures to implement existing laws on the Holodomor and Ukraine’s international commitments regarding the condemnation of Stalin's totalitarianism. It also urges Mr Yanukvych to prevent the erection of any monuments to Stalin and thus to “prevent the shameful worship of the person responsible for the terrible famine and repressions against the Ukrainian people."

Click here for full details of the UWC’s letter to President Yanukovych (in Ukrainian only).



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