Ukrainian Security Service declassified documents about KGB reaction to the Western studies of the Holodomor

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published the notes of the last head of the Soviet KGB, Nikolai Golushko. The documents contain the reaction of the Chairman to studies of the Holodomor in the West. The Holodomor was a man-made famine of Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s that claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainians.

The Soviet agency was actively monitoring foreign investigations of Holodomor and reported on them to the party leaders. In the notes, Golushko refers to an artificial famine and Ukrainian tragedy only in quotation marks.

"In the archive of the Security Service, unique documents are stored, signed by the Chairman of the KGB of the Ukrainian SSR, Nikolai Golushko, which inform the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine "on the enemy's attempts to activate the anti-Soviet campaign around the so-called "artificial famine" in Ukraine in 1932-1933" and "on strengthening of anti-Soviet activities abroad in connection with the issue of the mass famine in Ukraine," the SBU stated.

In addition, James Mace and his commission are mentioned in the documents. Their actions caused predictable panic in the USSR, Ukrainian department reports. Mace was a historian, political scientist, and an assistant of Robert Conquest, who was advocating the recognition of Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainians.

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