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OSCE passes resolution on 1932-33 famine in Ukraine

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The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday condemning the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine but falling short of recognizing it as an act of genocide.
ASTANA, July 3 (RIA Novosti) -- The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday condemning the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine but falling short of recognizing it as an act of genocide.

Members of parliament from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's 56 member states are currently meeting in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, for their annual session.

At its spring session in April, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) endorsed a move by a number of Ukrainian politicians that the famine or the Holodomor be considered an act of genocide against Ukrainians by the Soviet authorities.

Russia's delegation, however, objected to the use of such language.

In late 2006 Ukraine's parliament recognized the Stalin-era famine as an act of genocide, but Moscow has consistently rejected Ukraine's interpretation of the Holodomor.

Estimates vary widely as to the number of deaths in Ukraine in the early 1930s caused by the forced collectivization, along with the devastating purges of the Ukrainian intelligentsia, religious leaders and politicians under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Some sources cite figures of over 7 million.

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