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Monument to Holodomor victims opens in Astana

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 17:24

A monument to the Kazakh victims of Holodomor has opened in Astana.

The composition includes a figure of a praying woman. The monument opened on the 80th anniversary of the start of mass starvation and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of political repression.

Earlier, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the starvation killed over half a million Kazakhs.

"The starvation and its terrible consequences became the largest humanitarian disaster of the Soviet period. Our people have suffered enormous sacrifices, starvation killed over a half million people, more than 600,000 Kazakhs fleeing hunger and repression left their
historical homeland. It is an enduring, unforgettable pain of our
people," Nazarbayev said.

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus were also victims of the Holodomor.

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