Noticed a great article in the Toronto Star:
MOSCOW – Lyudmila Alexeyeva has spent decades grappling with the ghosts of history.
A schoolgirl in the days of Stalin’s terror, she helped send food parcels to starving friends and relatives in famine-struck Ukraine and distant parts of Russia. But her experiences were airbrushed from the official record as the country raced toward the bright communist future, divorced from its dark past.
It pointed out how Russia was turning back the clock to the Soviet days of oppression, creating laws restricting speech on its terrible past with harsh penalties, revising textbooks with propaganda (such as blaming Poland for WW2 by not giving into Hitler’s demands) and closing its state archives. While the article did a great job I though I should point out one error I thought was worth mentioning:
This spring the State Duma drafted a law that would hand out fines and jail terms to anyone who published accusations of wartime atrocities or illegal occupation by the Red Army. The bill urged cutting ties with countries that officially revised World War II history, as well as barring their leaders from Russia. It followed Ukraine’s efforts for recognition of the Holodomor – a famine that killed millions under Josef Stalin’s rule – as a genocide, as well as condemnation in Baltic countries of the Soviet Union’s post-war occupation.
Am I reading this correctly, that the Russian Duma (Senate) wants the Holodomor recognized as genocide? I turned to Russia’s state run newspaper Russia Today for answers, but could find nothing to support those claims. Nothing for condemning the Soviet Union in the Baltics either.