25 November 2007

Europe's forgotten genocide

In Ukraine, this weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor, the great famine engineered by Stalin's regime which killed between three and ten million Ukrainians. Largely unknown in the West, the Holodomor remains a major issue in present-day Ukraine, where President Yushchenko has called for the removal of the remaining monuments of the Soviet era.

The country is gradually reclaiming its identity after centuries of Russian rule.

Battered by history as it has been, Ukraine is at least a functioning democracy. The former colonial power once again demonstrated this week that it is not, by arresting its leading opposition political figure.

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