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Ukraine’s president said those who deny the Holocaust or the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s should be prosecuted.

Yuschenko made the statement Monday in Kiev at a memorial event marking the 75th anniversary of Holodomor, as the 1932-1933 famine is known in Ukraine. Holodomor, which was caused by Soviet policies under Stalin, is widely regarded as an act of genocide in which millions of ethnic Ukrainians died.

“I’m asking the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine to pass a bill on criminal responsibility for genocide denial,” Yuschenko said, adding that the bill could be similar to legislation prohibiting Holocaust denial in several European countries.

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