The Bulgarian Assembly recognizes the great Ukrainian famine of the 1930s as genocide

File – A man holds a portrait of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. – Matthias Rietschel/dpa-Zentralbi

The National Assembly of Bulgaria has recognized on Wednesday the Holodomor as the genocide of the Ukrainian people occurred between 1932 and 1933, during the famine that occurred in Ukraine when it was one of the republics of the Soviet Union led by Joseph Stalin, in line with what other European parliaments have been doing after the beginning of the Russian invasion.

The vote resulted in 134 votes in favor and another 26 against, out of the 240 seats that make up the unicameral Bulgarian parliament. The decision will be accompanied from now on by the remembrance of the victims of that famine every last Saturday in November.

The resolution, proposed by Democratic Bulgaria and the coalition formed by Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria and the Union of Democratic Forces (GERB-SDS), states that any denial, justification or belittling of the genocide is an insult to the memory of the millions of victims.

For its part, the pro-Russian party Vuzrazhdane (Rebirth) voted against the resolution, while the few socialist deputies present in the chamber during the vote abstained, reports the daily ‘Sofia Globe’.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski has used his Twitter profile to thank the Bulgarian Parliament for its recognition of this episode of Ukraine’s Soviet past as genocide. «This step commemorates millions of Holodomor victims and restores historical justice,» he wrote.

Before Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Ireland, or Germany, as well as the European Parliament, recognized as genocide the deaths resulting from that famine, which, following Kiev’s version, was caused by the mismanagement of Stalin’s Soviet Union and not by the failed harvests.