Round table with international participation: "The Holodomor in 1932-19333 and the famine organized in the RSSM 1946-1947"

On November 5, the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Journalism in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Chisinau and the Community of Ukrainian Women in Moldova (CFUM) organized a round table with international participation, entitled: "Holodomor in 1932-19333 and famine" in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova 1946-1947”. The event is part of a series of activities dedicated to commemorating the victims of hunger and political repression. According to the organizers, the purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the tragic events and to bring back to the forefront the acts of terror through starvation, purposely induced by the Soviet state, which has led to the deaths of millions of people.

Greetings during the event sent: Valentina Ciumacenco, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Volodymyr Boiechko, Chargé D'affaires ad Interim of Ukraine to Moldova and Veronica Arpintin, a member of CFUM, who evoked the horrors of the communist authoritarian regime and the hunger, an unprecedented phenomenon.

The event moderated by Dr. Valeriu Mija was made up of a set of communications of the university professors from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as of the historians who have researched the historical conjunctions to find out the truth, as follows:

- Anatol Taranu, associate professor, PhD. Institute of History: "Hunger in Moldova in 1946-1947";

- Veaceslav Cuşnir, associate professor, PhD. "Mecinikov" National University of Odessa: "Holodomor from 1932-1933 - as payment for freedom";

- Natalia Petrova, associate professor, PhD, "Mecinikov" National University of Odessa: "Memorization of the Holodomor in Ukraine and other states;

- Mihai Cernencu, associate professor Head of the Department of International Relations, Politology and History ULIM.

Experts noted that there is no accurate statistical data to indicate the number of people who suffered from the Holodomor, because the Soviet authorities tried to hide and manipulate the information. According to the Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the number of victims would register about 3.9 million people.

In Ukraine, starting in 1998, on the 4th Saturday of November, ceremonies commemorating the victims of the Holodomor take place, being recognized as genocide of the Ukrainian people and one of the most terrible acts against humanity, recorded in the 20th century. Also, it has become a tradition that on the penultimate Saturday of November, at 4:00 pm, Ukrainians should hold a moment of silence and participate in the "Light a candle" action, in which solemnly, at the monuments raised in memory of the victims of the Holodomor, the citizens commemorate those abducted by the terror of hunger.

In 2006, for the first time "Holodomor" was recognized as genocide by Australia, Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and other states. A number of 63 countries supported the introduction of the term "Holodomor" in the international political dictionary at the UN.