Comment by the Russian Permanent Mission to the EU on the Resolution regarding the “Holodomor” adopted by the European Parliament

Submitted on Thu, 12/15/2022 - 13:46

Recognition by the European Parliament members (MEPs) of the "Holodomor of 1932-33" as a genocide against the Ukrainian people in its resolution adopted on 15 December 2022 is another example of their ignorance of history or a deliberate gross distortion of historical facts. No one denies that a large part of the USSR did suffer a famine in the 1930s. Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Kazakhs and representatives of other peoples in the USSR all fell victim to that tragedy, for which scholars cite drought and forced collectivisation as the causes. Suggesting that the famine was deliberately planned and furthermore targeted a single ethnic group is not just nonsense, but an insult to the memory of the dead. Well, the latter issue hardly bothered the authors of the resolution. Their main concern was different – to use any pretext and means to turn the European public against our country.

As is well known, the myth of the "genocide of the Ukrainian people" emerged long ago and has been exploited, including by the West, ever since. Today, unfortunately, MEPs have once again resorted to the dangerous approach of "monopolising" the tragic events of the early 1930s with the sole aim of drawing absurd parallels with the current crisis in Ukraine.

Not only Russia, but also other states have got used to MEPs rubber-stamping politicised resolutions. Yet, this week it would certainly be more appropriate for the European Parliament to step back from such practice and seriously consider its own reputation.