This is the fourth and final installment of my summary of the Ivan Yarmosh post from PolitNavigator.
We have covered the famine of the years 1932-1933, the recovery, and how the villages bounced back from the disaster. We have now reached the point in our story where the Ukrainian village faces a truly dangerous threat, the obliteration of agriculture itself.
We are talking about the collapse of the Soviet system, and the Horrible 90’s
As Yarmosh phrases it: At the beginning of the 1990’s, power (in the former Soviet regions) was seized by a neo-Kulak class, consisting of Party Nomenclatura, nationalists, and a shady criminal wing. In the Ukraine, these elements destroyed not only the kolkhoz system, but in fact the entire agrarian sector.
In the 24 years of subsequent Ukrainian “independence”, the Ukraine, according to official statistics, lost ONE-FIFTH of its citizens. Without war, without collectivization, without forced industrialization, without repressions, without Party-led purges, the Ukraine lost more people than in the years of ferocious Famine.
[photo shows horrific scenes of the famine of 1932, with skeletal corpses lying in the streets of Kharkov.]
[The 2 photos below this show modern politicians feasting on other peoples tragedies:
[Batkivshchina Party delegate Alexander Dubovoy puts a pious expression on his face while commemorating the “Holodomor”; he also is wearing a “Zilli” coat which costs 85,000 Euros. Minimal pension in current Ukraine is 40-45 Euros monthly.]
How Many People Died in Holodomor?
That is a thorny question, and nobody seems to know the exact number. In Orange times, the number is jacked as high as possible in Ukrainian media. On 26 November 2005, Channel UT-1 pronounced in all seriousness, that “almost 6 million Ukrainians died in the Holodomor of 1932-1933.” The same channel, on the same day, then pronounced: “In 1932-1933 during the Holodomor which was engineered by the Stalinist-Bolshevik system, around 8 million people died.”
A day earlier, the newspaper “Den” raged that the Kremlin had deliberately engineered the destruction of anywhere from 8 to 10 million Ukrainians. While V. Semistiaga, leader of the Luhansk “Prosvita” Party declared on the radio that “17 people died every second”.
[Graph #1: Shows population of the Ukraine, from the year 1996 to 2011. Function shows a steadily declining curve from a high of 51.3 million people to 45.6 million.]
[Graph #2: Shows a projection of the population into the future. By the year 2051, depending on the parameters, Ukrainian population could be as high as 37 million, or as low as 25 million.] Either way, the population of the Ukraine is steadily going down.
Final paragraph of the piece, translated in full:
This may sound strange, but in today’s Ukraine, they very much love these autumnal, funereal events: With candles, bouquets, making a big show of their “grief” and their virulent hatred towards the Soviet past, Stalin, Russia. It is no accident that one of these “fervent Ukrainian patriots” was once heard to exclaim: “The holiday of the Holodomor needs to be celebrated as a genocide!”