| 23Dec2009 | SBU

SBU to convey to PGO materials in 1932-33 Holodomor case by December 29, 2009 
The FINANCIAL -- The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is intent of conveying materials in a criminal case upon the fact of committing genocide of the Ukrainian people in 1932 and 1933 to the Prosecutor-General’s Office (PGO) before 2010, reads a statement made by the press service to President Viktor Yuschenko.

According to the statement, Yuschenko on December 22, 2009 ran an interagency conference on progress in the investigation into the 1932-33 Holodomor (Great Famine) case.

At the conference SBU deputy chairman Mykola Herasimenko reported to the president that the investigators had discovered a mechanism of genocide against the Ukrainian nation.

It goes of segregating populations by paramilitary troops and militia, putting districts and separate settlements on the so-called 'black boards', on complete seizure of properties, clothes, foodstuffs, on prohibiting trade, endless searches and repressions.

"Mykola Herasimenko says the case is almost solved and materials in a week will be handed over to the Prosecutor-General’s Office," the statement said.

The SBU deputy chairman also stresses, the materials he studied in the order of control prove the fact of genocide.

"Judging from the materials he [Herasimenko] studied in the order of control he confirmed, the fact of genocide found place," the statement announced.

Acting chairman of the Institute of National Memory, Ihor Yukhnovskyi, also marks the hunger stroke the main blow from January to May 1933, while a political catalyst for the repressions expanded against the peasantry was the speech by the USSR leader Joseph Stalin of January 1, 1933.

The investigation found and declassified more than 3,500 documents, including those signed by Stalin, that contain direct indications of the genocide committed.

Moreover, they discovered more than 13,600 populated areas in 18 regions whose dwellers suffered from Holodomor, of the about 12,000 villages.

They also found about 1.847 million of Holodomor victims, of them about a half included on the national memory book.

Cumulative losses of the Ukrainian population caused by the famine total 10.063 million people.

In all more than 3,500 of sites of mass burying of Holodomor victims have been discovered in Ukraine, of them 857 of such places exposed in course of the investigation.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Security Service of Ukraine in May opened a criminal case upon the fact of genocide against the Ukrainian people in 1932 and 1933.