Ministry of Foreign Affairs published criminal cases of cannibalism during the Holodomor of 1932-1933. It is noted that the state archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs contains 1022 such cases opened by the Soviet police.
Among the documents made public is the case of Storcheus Anna Ivanovna. Her husband and three children died due to hunger. The last fourth child, the girl Nadezhda, was killed and eaten by the woman.
“The peculiarity of all cases is their politicization and falsification. That is, outwardly they complied with the law. Formally, an investigation was carried out, the fact of the crime was established, the perpetrators were discovered. However, the victims, people driven by the regime to cannibalism, were convicted of committing murder,” the department writes.
The mechanisms of artificial starvation were not documented in the cases, nor were psychiatric examinations conducted. In their conclusions, doctors wrote “he looks dull, his eyes are shiny.” So, for example, they were talking about the case of May 1933 about the accusation of the Ukrainian woman Marcelina Antonovna.
Some archival cases also concerned corpse eating. In the case materials of Yarovaya M.K. It is indicated that after the death of a young child from starvation, instead of burial, the fact of corpse eating was discovered.
“The phenomenon of cannibalism became widespread at the peak of the Holodomor, but in the cases the famine as such is kept silent. But in the case materials one can see the obvious focus of the regime – people who were accused of cannibalism did not want to join collective farms or did not have enough workdays. Workdays also became victims of the regime. who had an “inappropriate” class and social origin,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs adds.
In total, out of more than 1,000 cases, there are isolated cases where a person was referred for psychiatric treatment. The absolute majority were sent to NKVD camps for the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal.
- Read large text on LIGA.net: memory of the family, what the old people told their children and grandchildren about the artificial famine of 1932-1933 – and why they were mostly silent in Soviet times.
- On LIGA.net there is an interview with Acting General Director of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide Lesya Gasidzhak.
- On October 12, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution according to which it recognized the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people and noted that peace negotiations in the war can only be on Ukraine’s terms.
See also: Zelensky on the Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims: Evil was not stopped – now we are stopping
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