“DNR leader” Zakharchenko orders confiscation of local crops

A flashback from 1933, when confiscation of grain from Ukrainian farmers led to their starvation during the Holodomor. Sign on the truck reads “Socialist bread instead of “kurkul” bread”, Ukraine, 1933 

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Oleksandr Zakharchenko, the self-proclaimed “DNR leader”, has ordered all cereals and grains, as well as all vegetables, fruits, grapes, etc. to be confiscated and transferred to the “republican state”.

The text of this “Order” dated Novemeber 3, 2017 has been published on the “DNR” website.

“Cereals and grains, as well as fruits growing on bushes, trees and vines that have been harvested without permission on state and municipal land plots are the property of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’.”

According to the “Order”, legal entities and individuals – i.e. entrepreneurs and private citizens – are not allowed to dispose of any crops harvested through “unauthorized use of land plots”.

The “document” of the so-called “DNR Ministry of Fees and Revenues” entitles local authorities to enforce “free access to warehouses and fields”, and allows them to immediately confiscate all the local crops.

It also underlines that if locals try to dispose of these crops “without permission”, they will be obliged to reimburse their full value.

“Such funds shall be considered funds received from the sale of confiscated and other property, shall be transferred to the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, and shall be allocated to the republican or local budget.”

According to Zakharchenko’s “Order”, the so-called “Ministry of Agro-Industry” must provide information on every “illegal use of land plots, development of these land plots, and harvest of cereals and grains, as well as fruits growing on bushes, trees, and vines located on these same land plots”.

Such measures were in effect during the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine, when, on the pretext that kurkuls (rich or supposedly rich peasants-Ed) were stealing goods from commodity trains, i.e. collective and cooperative property, Stalin imposed a new repressive law on the protection of state property.

People referred to this Law as “закон про п’ять колосків” (the Law of Spikelets or the Five Ears of Corn Law), because in fact, anyone who took as little as a handful of grain or spikelets left behind in the fields after the entire harvest was officially collected and counted, was automatically guilty of stealing state property. Such persons could be immediately deported or executed.

150,000 people were convicted during the first year of Stalin’s new law.


Previously, OSCE observers reported seeing trucks full of cereals and grains on Russian-controlled territories in Ukraine moving towards the Russian-Ukrainian border and into the Russian Federation.


Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Source: HumanRights.org.ua

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  1. Avatar Eolone says:

    The people ought to raise cain.

    1. Avatar veth says:

      Holodomor 2.0………………..Putin loves Stalin…………..

  2. Avatar veth says:

    Stalin is back in town!

    1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

      Or Stalin is preparing to leave town. The confiscation of basic grains and then sending the seized booty to Russia sounds more like the ploy of a sore loser. Otherwise, it would make no sense to antagonize the locals and risk terrorist minded attacks against the Russian occupiers by the locals in Eastern Donbas if Putin’s intent was to remain in the region for an indefinite period of time.

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        It could also be that with the dwarf running out of cash and subsidies to the so-called LNR and DNR being slashed in consequence, Zakharchenko is desperate to find new sources of cash to prop up his regime. Next will be confiscation without compensation of all crops grown on private properties, raids on apartments, dachas etc to seize all “excess” hoards of food, what is “excess” to be determined by Zakharchenko’s thugs of course.

  3. Avatar veth says:

    No doubt Zakharachenko sells the food to Russia and fills his pockets………….

    1. Avatar focusser says:

      Guess they sold everything else not nailed down. Once the food has been sold, what next, the population to be sold as slaves to Russia?

      1. Avatar veth says:

        Well, coming close, in Donbass everywhere big billboards appeared to go to work in Russia, mostly in mines. No coalmines anymore in Donbass?

        1. Avatar focusser says:

          We have two scenarios, Ukraine cut their losses, build a big wall around Donbas, and let Russia sort it out. Either that, or Russia have to pay for all damages they caused in Donbas.

          1. Avatar veth says:


            US company to invest $150 mn in production of AN-74 plane

            The Kharkiv based Antonov plant is to get $150 million in investment from US-based Oriole Capital Group to launch serial production of AN-74 cargo plane. The investor will get the right to modernize and sell the plane.

            The key element of this partnership is the modernization of production facilities and installation of avionics that will enhance AN-74’s unique flying characteristics.

            The contract with the US company was signed at the air show in Dubaj. Читайте більше тут: http://zik.ua/en/news/2017/11/13/us_company_to_invest_150_mn_in_production_of_an74_plane_1204615

          2. Avatar Scradje says:

            The latter.

      2. Avatar Scradje says:

        Off topic: Theresa May last night was unusually open about putlerstan’s evil activities. Note also the comments at the bottom: absolutely crawling with vermin seeking to glorify the chekist rodent:-

        1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

          An interesting point and judging by Theresa May’s unusual and very sharp criticism of Putin and his regime as it related to Russian aggression against Ukraine, there may be more than meets the eye. Perhaps, the Brits have caught wind of a new scheme by Putin to further interfere in the Brexit negotiations or it could also indicate the beginning of a new offensive that may have been planned by the Western powers to place greater pressure on Putin to withdraw from Ukraine. If the latter case should prove to be true, then many high profile Russian oligarchs will have much to worry about since their financial investments in the West could either be frozen or in some cases, even seized. Tick, tock, tick tock…

          1. Avatar Scradje says:

            They need to be given far more to worry about! Unfortunately for Ukraine, the EU is a flakey, unreliable organization crawling with putlerstan fifth columnists. The best hope is for Budapest signatories US/UK to finally honour their obligations and take the necessary actions to put a stop to the rodent. Unfortunately, in Britain, the grisly, terror-supporting Marxist and former RTroll employee, Jeremy CorbLenin, is waiting in the wings should Mrs May’s govt fall. And in America, Trumpkov just can’t stop praising the tiny chekist.

        2. Avatar focusser says:

          I used to go on Yahoo during Maidan, the comments section was crawling with vermin then. Seems nothing changed.

        3. Avatar Ravishing Rick says:

          Are you retarded?

  4. Avatar rgb says:

    Welcome to the Russian world.

  5. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Commies always pull this stunt.

  6. Avatar Tony says:

    A fair amount of Donbass residebts wanted back to the soviet union. Well here it is, genocide, internal purges, repression and all.
    A lesson in being careful what one wishes for.