- Russia's Duma welcomes Ukrainian president's opinion of Holodomor
- Ukrainian opposition accuses Yanukovych of Holodomor denial
- Yanukovych reverses Ukraine's position on Holodomor famine
- PACE urges former Soviet states to open Holodomor archives
- Legal precedent in Ukraine: journalist allowed to doubt Holodomor as genocide
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday adopted a resolution saying that the regime of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was responsible for the Great Famine (Holodomor) in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
PACE has rejected several radical amendments to the resolution, which proposed the Holodomor be recognized as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.
"I hope there will be no further attempts to politicize this famine," the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
The resolution urged Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Moldova to open their archives on the Holodomor.
Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told PACE that the famine could not be considered genocide against Soviet Ukraine as it was "a common tragedy of the Soviet people."
Ukrainian nationalists say Russia, as the legal successor of the Soviet Union, should bear responsibility for the famine in which more than 3 million people perished in Ukraine.
Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko called for international recognition of the famine as an act of genocide.
The Holodomor, which lasted from 1932-1933 in Ukraine was part of a wider famine in large parts of the Soviet Union. It is believed to have been caused by Stalin's poor economic and trade policies.
STRASBOURG, April 28 (RIA Novosti)
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