The Russian Embassy in tel Aviv on Tuesday, February 6, commented on the Israeli draft law that declares December 6, the official day of remembrance of the victims of the Holodomor, which the author of this initiative, MK Akram Hasson («Kulan») has called an «act of genocide».
Editorial NEWSru.co.il by contacting the Embassy of the Russian Federation comment received the following reply:
«We want to remind you that the famine caused by severe drought and forced collectivization in the early 1930-ies, was struck not only Ukraine, but also Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Volga region, Northern Caucasus, Western Siberia and South Urals.
The famine, the number of victims is estimated to range from 2 to 8 million people, was a tragedy for Russians, Ukrainians, Kazakh and other Soviet Nations and the largest humanitarian disaster in the country. The assertion that these unfortunate events were the result of a deliberate policy of destruction of the Ukrainian nation contrary to the historical facts are the cynical use of the memory of millions of victims for political purposes.
Russia and the international community have already given their assessment of this tragedy.
I would like to note that the General Assembly of the United Nations and UNESCO adopted a joint document in the Wake of this tragedy – as the State Duma (lower house of the Russian Parliament), honoring the memory of the victims of the famine that hit in the 30-ies the population of the USSR.
Unfortunately, some continue to insist on a false interpretation of this tragedy. Our colleagues in the Knesset and, in particular, a member of the Knesset hason, has prepared a draft law on the Ukrainian famine, which distorts the history. We urge the Israeli officials, including Hason, to a more thorough study of historical facts,» – said in the document.
Recall that in September 2016, a group of Ukrainian public figures gave a group of Knesset members who were in Ukraine, the request to recognize the Holodomor an act of genocide.
Surrounded by MP Akram Hasson of the editorial NEWSru.co.il explained that the idea for the bill came to him after a visit to Ukraine in the framework of the delegation of Knesset members from the Commission on internal Affairs in December 2017.
«The Deputy Hasson visited the Museum of the Holodomor and is deeply impressed, and that prompted him to initiate this bill,» said the entourage of the Deputy.
The radio station Galei Tzahal reported with reference to anonymous sources in the Russian foreign Ministry that Moscow is outraged by this initiative of the Deputy and threatens a sharp deterioration of relations with Israel if the bill is approved by the Knesset. On the website of the Russian foreign Ministry this information is not available.
Note that, to date, recognized the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people of 24 countries, but Israel is not yet among them.