Russia urges against politicizing Ukraine`s Stalin-era famine

15:57, 06 March 2008
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A Russian envoy addressed the UN Human Rights Council

Moscow believes the issue of Ukraine`s 1932-1933 famine should not be used for political goals, a Russian envoy to the United Nations said on Thursday, according to RIA Novosti.

Valery Loshchinin, Russian envoy to the UN office in Geneva, told the seventh session of the UN Human Rights Council: "We urge against political speculation on subjects related to the general, sometimes tragic, historical past, and against using this for a voluntary interpretation of the rules of international law."

The diplomat also said that Ukraine`s Holodomor could not be recognized as genocide under the 1948 Convention on Genocide.

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