For John, BLUF: A war of words is better than a shooting war. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Sputnik, part of RIA Novosti, we have Reporter Ekaterina Blinova and "Holodomor Hoax: Joseph Stalin's Crime That Never Took Place"
Playing into the hands of Ukrainian nationalists, a monument to the so-called Ukrainian "Holodomor," one the 20th century's most famous myths and vitriolic pieces of anti-Soviet Propaganda, has been erected in the US capital.Well, we know that New York Times reporter Walter Duranty, winner of a Pulitzer, denied the existence of the Holodomor. But then he denied everything and whitewashed Joseph Stalin.♠
Memories are long in Eastern Europe and denial is strong.
The Russian line (remember, Russia has recently occupied part of Ukraine, notwithstanding recent treaty agreements) is that the Ukrainian nationalists are really the Nazis come back to oppress Russia and that the Russian oppression of Ukraine, while Dictator Joseph Stalin tried forced collectivization of Ukrainian farms, never happened.
Regards — Cliff
♠ It reminds one of the North Koreans starving due to mismanagement of the economy, and especially the farm economy. Centralized planning, while promising efficiencies, tends to be very inefficient. Centralized planning is a code word for Communism (and Fascism).