Ukrainian president proposed jail for misuse of history

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko proposed to introduce criminal responsibility for denying famine of 1932-33 as genocide of the Ukrainian people and the Holocaust as the genocide of the Jewish people. If Parliament adopts the proposed head of state law, for the wrong interpretation of history, will face a fine from 100 to 300 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens or up to two years in prison.

The introduced Viktor Yushchenko, the bill has proved controversial: many historians do not believe Famine of the 1930 genocide, as it suffered from not only Ukrainians but also Russian and Belarusian. In addition, Article 34 of the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to freedom of thought and speech, to freely express their views and beliefs.

According to Ukrainian historians, because of the famine in 1932-33 in the country died from 5 to 10 million people. The main factor that triggered the famine, Ukrainian researchers called the decision by the leadership of the USSR to withdraw the surplus grain to cover foreign loans.

9 December 2007 | genocide, history, people, president, prison, ukraine, viktor yushchenko

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