The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today (April 28, 2010) adopted a resolution saying that the regime of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was responsible for the Great Famine (Holodomor) in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
PACE rejected several radical amendments to the resolution, which proposed the Holodomor be recognized as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people, today's RIA Novosti (Russian) website reports.
Ukrainian nationalists say Russia -- as the legal successor of the Soviet Union -- should bear responsibility for the famine in which more than three million people perished in Ukraine.
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko called for international recognition of the famine as an act of genocide.
The Holodomor -- which lasted from 1932 to 1933 in Ukraine -- was part of a wider famine in large parts of the Soviet Union. It is believed to have been caused by Stalin's poor economic and trade policies.