Every fourth Saturday of November one celebrates the Day of Remembrance dedicated to the victims of the Holodomor, the genocide perpetrated by the USSR in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933.
On 22 November in Kiev, after crossing 33 countries, the "flame of the eternal candle" joined the millions of candles lit in memory of those who starved to death in the Great Ukrainian Famine engineered by the Soviet regime between 1932 and 1933. On 29 November 2006, Ukraine officially instituted the fourth Saturday of November as Holodomor Remembrance Day.
genocide by hunger
The Great Famine (Holodomor in Ukrainian means "murdering through hunger"), organised on purpose by the Soviet regime, hit the Ukrains in the years 1932-1933. According to the researchers' data, the worst hit regions have been: the current region of Poltava, the region of Sumy, the region of Kharkiv, the region of Cherkasy, the region of Kyiv, the region of Zhytomyr, with 52,8% of the victims. In reality Holodomor was extended to the whole Centre, South, East and North of the Ukraine.
Considering that 1932 Ukraine was inhabited by 32,800,00 people, several souces agree to estimate the victims to a number ranging from 4.5 to 6 or 7 millions. Journalist Paolo Rumiz reported "at least 6 million murdered by hunger in the sole Ukraine" and thus "25,000 a day", "17 a minute", also specifying that "a dead out of three was a child or a baby".