Holodomor – A Communist Genocide?

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Holodomor – A Communist Genocide?

22nd November 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


A man-made famine that plagued the Soviet republic of Ukraine between 1932 and 1933, Holodomor remains one of the darkest moments in Ukrainian history. Millions died of starvation, yet controversy remains regarding this event. While some countries have recognised Holodomor as a genocide, including Ukraine, the United States and Canada, others refute claims that the Ukrainian people were singled out by the Soviet regime.

This panel will focus on the history of this tragedy. It will also assess why certain countries are reluctant to consider this crime as genocide and what the UK needs to be doing to ensure that it gets the recognition that it deserves.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to welcome its panellists to this timely event and invites you to take part in this important discussion.



Marta Baziuk is Executive Director of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC), a project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta (Toronto office). HREC was founded in 2013 with the mandate to promote knowledge and awareness of the Holodomor through a range of research, education and outreach activities, engaging academic audiences, educators and the broader public. HREC initiatives include a publications program, annual research grants competition, visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellowships, conferences, and development of pedagogical materials.

Marta has more than 25 years of experience in international development and the not-for-profit sector. In the early 1990s, while representing the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Ukraine, she worked with local activists to establish the first nationwide election monitoring organization, the Non-Partisan Committee of Voters. As Ukraine Program Officer for Winrock International, Marta oversaw the establishment of a national network of women’s centers that offer job skills training programs, domestic violence hotlines, and other services.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.



Andrea Graziosi is professor of history at the Università di Napoli Federico II and a past President of the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History (2007-11) as well as of Italy’s National Authority for the Evaluation of Universities and Research (2014-2018). An associé of the Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (Paris) and a fellow of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, he has taught at Yale, Harvard, the EHESS and at the MGU.

He is the author of Histoire de l’URSS (Paris, 2011; Bologna, 2012; Moscow, 2016); Lettres de Kharkov. La famine en Ukraine, 1932-33 (Paris 1989 and 2013; Torino 1991; Kyiv 2007); The Great Soviet Peasant War, 1917-1933 (Cambridge, Ma, 1997; Napoli, 1998; Moscow, 2008); and Guerra e rivoluzione in Europa, 1905-1956 (Bologna, 2001; Kyiv and Moscow, 2005). He founded and edited with Oleg Khlevniuk the series Dokumenty sovetskoi istorii (Rosspen, 22 volumes in print).



Roman Serbyn is a professor emeritus at the University of Quebec, Montréal. An expert on Ukraine, Professor Serbyn is well known for his work on the country’s history, including the topic of our panel, Holodomor. He has published several books on the topic, including the 2007 co-authored Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933: Genocide by Other Means.



Isabel Sawkins is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. She has a BA in Modern Languages at Durham University and an MA in Political Sociology of Russia and Eastern Europe at UCL. She is currently completing a PhD on Holocaust memory in the Russian Federation at the University of Exeter, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Isabel has presented her research at numerous international conferences. She has also published her findings in academic journals, as well as contributing to online media outlets. Isabel’s most recent accomplishment was the curation of an online exhibition about a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.



Mark Logan MP was elected as Member of Parliament for Bolton North East, representing the Conservative party in the 2019 General Election. Through his role in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, he scrutinises the Government policy and decision-making, relevant to science, engineering, technology, and research. Prior to his political career, Mark worked as Head of Communications at the British Consulate-General Shanghai, where he orchestrated various campaigns involving UK-China relations. Mark’s accolades include a degree from Queens University Belfast, two master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. A keen linguist, Mark can speak fluent Mandarin.





On the 22nd of November 2021, Isabel Sawkins, a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, interviewed Marta Bazuik, Executive Director of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Andrea Grazioso, Professor of History at the Universita di Napoli Federico II, a past President of the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History and Roman Serbyn, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Quebec, Montreal who discussed the Ukrainian famine. Isabel began by talking about issues such as disinformation, fake news, etc, and the degree to which this was played down or ignored or denied, for a huge period of time. The panellists continued to discuss the Ukrainian famine and further moved on to discuss how communities commemorate an event of this nature.  


22nd November 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Marta Baziuk, Prof. Andrea Graziosi, Dr Roman Serbyn


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