When the dust settles, the murder of Mykola Shityuk will bear all the signs of a Russian assassination. Extreme violence, no witnesses, vanished assassins, and a highly influential victim with knowledge actively exposing Soviet and Russian atrocities. Russia has the motive and the weapons.
Rewriting history, or revisionism, is currently fashionable in Russia. Russia has been denying the Holodomor was a Soviet planned and executed genocide of the Ukrainian people, even though all the evidence is in place. Mykola Shityuk was one of those people documenting the Soviet/Russian involvement. He was an obvious target for a Russian assassination.
For shame, Russia. For shame.
Prominent Ukrainian Historian Found Dead With Stab Wounds
September 02, 2018 12:59 GMT
Prominent Ukrainian historian Mykola Shityuk has been found dead in his home city of Mykolaiv, police said on September 2.
Police said the historian’s body was found in an apartment on September 1 and bore signs of violence, including stab wounds.
A murder investigation has been launched.
Shityuk was known for his works on the Holodomor famine that killed millions in Ukraine in the early 1930s.
The Holodomor took place in 1932-33 as Soviet authorities forced peasants in Ukraine to join collective farms by requisitioning their grain and other foodstuffs.
Historians say the seizure of the 1932 crop in Ukraine by Soviet authorities was the main cause of the famine.
Ukraine and about a dozen other countries have recognized the famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.
Moscow has long denied any systematic effort to target Ukrainians, arguing that a poor harvest at the time wiped out many in other parts of the then-Soviet Union.
The Day of Remembrance for the victims of the famine is marked in Ukraine every year on the fourth Saturday of November.