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Open Letter to the President of the Russian Federation

20.11.08 | Yevhen Sverstyuk

To the President of the Russian Federation, D.A. Medvedev

Dear Mr President,

Your address, the Kremlin, Moscow, is famous to Ukrainians from back in the times of five-year plans and socialist realism. Everybody wrote there and waited for justice and mercy since any higher authorities had been abolished by the Kremlin.

Thank God we have returned to the Highest Authority before whom man, and that includes you, should confess their sins. We are returning to the Bible where on the very first pages a double sin is described: the first being that of Cain in murdering his brother and the second – lying to God and proud refusal to admit the deed committed.

In your letter to Ukraine’s President Yushchenko you refuse to take part in remembering those killed by Holodomor. This is profoundly regrettable since there could be no more favourable opportunity to express sympathy to the Ukrainian people from the present-day Kremlin and clearly articulate that truth that the Russian people were not implicated in the organization of Holodomor since Stalin did not consult them, just as Hitler did not consult with the German people regarding the Holocaust.  Moreover, both leaders left no direct evidence and therefore history works with the testimony of living victims.

It is strange that in denying the well-known truth about which free journalists passed on information to foreign consulates back in 1933 and books have been written by authoritative researchers, you are effectively repeating Stalin’s lie about political dividends for the moment, about political gain and even about cynical slander.

At the same time you speak of somebody’s intention to divide our peoples. It is well-known that people and nations are united by respect for the truth and for the law. And by mutual sympathy. We have grounds for sympathising with other peoples and hope for the same from them. After all they all understood that at the foundation of the 91% vote for Ukraine’s independence lay the memory of Holodomor.

It is historians who should write about the suffering of the peoples of the “free republics”. Yet conscientious historians will not generalize the tragedy but will honestly gather and research the facts which trace how Ukraine ended up on the “black board”.

It is ones duty before humanity to tell the truth and a cultured world will always be grateful to those who, in spite of political benefits, make public crimes against humanity.

Without this database, without the foundation of truth, Mr President, post-communists remain bankrupts and the heirs to moral bankrupts.

Yours sincerely,

Yevhen Sverstyuk

President of the Ukrainian PEN Club

see also:
Diaries of “the man who knew too much” go on show
SBU – Holodomor as genocide criminal investigation near formulating charges
Perpetrators of Holodomor named
Russia «Holodomor was not genocide»
Baffled as to why Russia doesn’t open up the archives on Holodomor
Russia blocks UN resolution on Holodomor
Author of the term “genocide” used it about Holodomor
Public statement by the Aegis Trust to mark the 75th Anniversary of Holodomor
Remembrance Flame for the Victims of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Kyiv
Medvedev speaks of «so-called” Holodomor
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate recognizes Holodomor as genocide
Holodomor claimed 3.2 million victims
International Remembrance Flame reaches Ukraine
European Parliament recognizes Holodomor a crime against humanity
Victims of Holodomor remembered in the Ukrainian Embassy in Russia
19 volumes of a National Book of Remembrance to be published
Ukraine calls on Russia to stop trying to discredit Holodomor
US Congress House of Representatives Resolution on Holodomor
Opinion: Legal classification of Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine and in Kuban as a crime against humanity and genocide