On 22 May 2009 the Security Service of Ukraine opened a criminal case based on the commission of genocide in Ukraine in 1932 through 1933, which is a criminal offence stipulated in Part 1, Article 442 “Genocide” of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The case was initiated on grounds of an address by MPs H.Omelchenko and O.Chornovolenko, NGO representatives as well as being based on documents received after the issues were examined by the SSU.
The pre-trial investigation has found that: in the peace time of 1928-1931 the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, J.Stalin, and other Soviet leaders perpetrated systematic and large-scale acts of repression and persecution of the Ukrainian intelligentsia, clergy, and peasantry. Those were done by the Bolshevik authorities by way of legal persecution, executions, deportations beyond the boundaries of Ukraine, and the confiscation of property. The years of 1932-1933 were the climax of the mass extermination of millions of Ukrainians by the totalitarian regime which resulted in artificially created famine.
The Security Service of Ukraine has gathered irrefutable evidence which proves that the highest leadership of the Soviet Union committed crimes against humanity with the use of the following mechanisms:
The act of genocide in 1932-1933 is testified by:
The results of the investigation proved that the Genocide through 1932-1933, which did the most damage to the central and eastern territories of Ukraine, was introduced by the Bolshevik regime.
Forensic medical, as well as historic-demographical examinations are underway to reveal the cause of deaths and the figures of body count in the years 1932-1933.
The comprehensive juridical and historical examination of the preconditions which led to the mass extermination of the Ukrainian people is at its final stages.
The Security Service of Ukraine in its investigation applies the provisions of the international law with the aim of collecting evidence of the Genocide against the Ukrainian people in other countries. In this respect, the SSU has forwarded petitions of juridical assistance to law-enforcement bodies of Austria, Belarus, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Italy, USA, Russia, Germany, and Poland.
The results of the investigations of the criminal case will enable the competent authorities to adopt the correct juridical decisions regarding the perpetrators of the Genocide in Ukraine.