Friday, November 13, 2009

New documentary honours journalist who exposed the truth of Stalin's famines

The journalist who exposed the manmade famines of 1930's Soviet Ukraine is to have a new documentary made about his life.

Media Guardian reports that

Gareth Jones's accounts of what was happening in Soviet Ukraine in 1932-33 were different from other western accounts. Not only did he reveal the true extent of starvation, he reported on the Stalin regime's failure to deliver aid while exporting grain to the west. The tragedy is now known as the Holodomar and regarded by Ukrainians as genocide.
Two years after the articles Jones was killed by Chinese bandits in Inner Mongolia – murdered, according to his family, in a Moscow plot as punishment.

It is estimated that over 6m people died in the Ukraine as a result of Stalin's policy of forced collectivisation

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