Portugal recognizes Ukraine’s Holodomor famine as genocide

Memorial to the Holodomor Victims in Kyiv, Ukraine

Memorial to the Holodomor Victims in Kyiv, Ukraine 


The Parliament of Portugal adopted a resolution recognizing the Holodomor famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine as a genocide.

The resolution, the draft of which was submitted by the opposition Social Democratic Party, says that the parliament voted to “show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and recognize the genocide that led to the death of 7 million Ukrainians [so says the document – Ed.] in 1932 and 1933 in Ukraine, and condemn all forms of totalitarianism and all varieties of violations and crimes against humanity, like those that took place in the 1930s in Ukraine.”

Find out about the Holodomor at a glance: Holodomor: Stalin’s genocidal famine of 1932-1933 | Infographic

The ruling Socialist Party submitted another draft resolution in memory of victims of the Great Famine in Ukraine, without the word “Holodomor.” Instead, it refers to the famine as a “the result of an agricultural policy for farmers, the tragic and terrible consequence of which was the loss of millions of lives from starvation.” The Portuguese Parliament passed this resolution too. It says that the parliament commemorates the victims of the Great Famine which took place in Ukraine in 1932-33, and also honors the survivors and their families “to preserve the living memory about what was committed and to preserve the memory of those who lost their lives.”

In December 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the nations of the world to recognize Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the matter to the heads of the parliaments of other countries during his foreign visits.

As of today, 19 countries, including Ukraine, recognize Holodomor as a genocide. [the original RFERL article refers to up to 24 countries, but our studies are in the map below- Ed.]

Other countries and institutions have issued statements recognizing Holodomor as tragedy or crime against humanity but did not use the word “genocide.” For instance,

The European Parliament in a resolution from 2008  “recognises the Holodomor (the artificial famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine) as an appalling crime against the Ukrainian people, and against humanity.”

The United Nations in a joint statement from 2003 refers to Holodomor as a “national tragedy of the Ukrainian people.”

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in a resolution from 2010 “strongly condemns the cruel policies pursued by the Stalinist regime, which resulted in the death of millions of innocent people, as a crime against humanity.”


The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in a resolution from 2008 states that Holodomor was a “mass starvation brought about by the cruel deliberate actions and policies of totalitarian Stalinist regime.”

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture in a resolution from 2007 recognizes Holodomor as the “national tragedy of the Ukrainian people, caused by the cruel actions and policies of the totalitarian regime.”

In November 2006, the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Holodomor 1932-1933 genocide against the Ukrainian people.

According to scientific-demographic estimates, Ukraine claims that the total number of casualties from the famine of 1932-33 is 3 million 941 thousand people, and the losses of the unborn are 6,122,000.

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Edited by: Alya Shandra

Source: Radio Svoboda

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  1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Maybe Putin can serve the time in lieu of Stalin for this heinous crime. A 150 year jail sentence sounds about right.

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      And since Pedo Putolini admires Stalin so much, it is only fair that he serves his sentence in Kolyma, working under the same conditions as Stalin’s zeks: freezing in winter, devoured by swarms of mosquitoes in summer.

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        Putin must work barefoot in winter.

        1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

          And shirtless in summer. Mind you, although the dwarf enjoys cavorting in front of the press without a shirt, I suspect he will want one when the mossies start to devour him.

          1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            I hope Putin swallows a live scorpion.

      2. Avatar Val says:

        Very ‘poor’ thief Poroshenko..in Spain..

    2. Avatar Val says:

      Worst then Stalin…only Bandera!

  2. Avatar Val says:

    ..Well..The longest serving secretary of Ukr.Comm.Party was real patriot Vladimir Shcherbitsky with some 17
    years as the head of the Communist Party, the second best is split
    between Stanislav Kosior and Nikita Khrushchev, both of which have 11
    years -pure Ukrainians…but surprisingly responsible Ivan the Terrible..Lenin..?? Ukraine ha plenty its own heroes communists..

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      If you don’t even know that Khrushchev was born in Kalinovka, Kursk Gubernate (now Kursk oblast, Dwarfstan), to ethnic Russian parents, stupid Savushkina troll, then stay away from intelligent discussions.

    2. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      Kosior was born in the Russian-occupied part of Poland to Polish parents. As with Khrushchev, nothing Ukrainian about him. You really know how to demonstrate your ignorance, don’t you?

    3. Avatar slavko says:

      You are trolling with alternative non fact. Pure diarrhea!

  3. Avatar Alex George says:

    Thank you Portugal.

    It has always been a good friend to Ukraine

    1. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

      You are a Russian *MOLE*.

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        Ah yes, the Putin troll is back.

        I have pointed out the truth about you, and you don’t like it:
        *You never write anything positive about Ukraine;
        *You never criticize Putin trolls, except for just one (AC’s Daddy) and then only when he attacks you;
        *You claim to live in Ukraine but clearly do not;
        *You complain about Ukrainians not speaking Ukrainian, yet clearly do not speak any yourself;
        *You flame many people who are supporters of Ukraine and admit that you have been banned from many Ukrainian blogs.

        1. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

          You always LIE.
          Nor are ABLE to respond DIRECTLY.

          Astonishingly, ALL of the above is false. 🙂
          “Go for the gusto” — eh you faqqot? 🙂
          What a SCUMBAG you indeed are.

          And whom do you imagine you have cajoled? 😉
          … still …. you got paid 4 that! 😉


          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            No, everything I wrote about you is true. You are angry because I have seen the truth about you:

            *You don’t write positive things about Ukraine;
            *You never criticize Putin trolls, except for just one (AC’s Daddy) and then only when he attacks you;
            *You claim to live in Ukraine but clearly do not;
            *You complain about Ukrainians not speaking Ukrainian, yet clearly do not speak any yourself;
            *You flame many people who are supporters of Ukraine.