Stalin's engineered famine not genocide:
The 1930s famine that killed millions of peasants, mainly in Soviet Ukraine, should not be considered genocide, Russia's lawmakers said in a resolution Wednesday.
Renowned writer and Soviet-era dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn backed the Kremlin line on the divisive issue, dismissing Ukrainian claims that the famine was genocide as a "fable."
The 370-56 vote in Russia's lower parliament house and the rare comment from the 89-year-old Solzhenitsyn were a pointed rejection of claims by Ukrainian leaders that the Soviet authorities engineered the famine to target Ukrainians.
Words do matter and genocide is a word that should not be used lightly. It means what it means. Maybe we need a new word to describe forced famine:
Historians agree that the 1932-33 famine was engineered by Soviet authorities under dictator Josef Stalin to force peasants to give up their private plots of land and join collective farms.
Ukraine, with its rich farmlands, suffered the most. Authorities confiscated grain from village after village and prohibited residents from leaving, effectively condemning them to starvation.
Genocide or not the result was the same. Solzhenitsyn rightly points out that Soviet Ukraine was not the only region affected by Stalin's "engineering". Call it what you will. It was a tragedy of horrific proportions. No vote in Russia's parliament can change that.