The war on farmers which the world is experiencing is nothing new. Millions of Russians and Ukrainians were wiped out during the tyrannical reign of Joseph Stalin. The mainstream media had largely covered these events in secret. We shall inevitably repeat things from which we do not learn.
Are you aware of the Holodomor and how Stalin starved Ukraine? The Holodomor, which literally translated from Ukrainian means “death by hunger“, or “death by starvation.” was a horrific man-made famine that killed millions in Ukraine. The famine had hit several parts of the Soviet Union from 1932 to 1933. But in Ukraine, it had become known as the Holodomor. It was genocide, carried out by Stalin, the dictator who wanted to keep Ukraine under his control and who did everything in his power to cover it up for decades using propaganda via the media.
What happened before the famine? After the Russian Empire collapsed in 1917, Ukraine experienced a brief period of independence. However, it was forcibly absorbed into the recently established Soviet Union by 1922 and given the name Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR). The majority of people living in the nation at the time were farmers and villagers, and it was mostly a rural area. As a result, they were independent, which was crucial to their existence. A plot of land that they could cultivate was essential to their way of life. Ukraine was a major producer of grains and was well-known for its farmland, claiming to have some of the most fertile soil in the world. It was so famously known as the Soviet Union’s breadbasket over time. The Soviet Union’s Communist Party was led by Stalin, who desired total control over it. There was a strong national identity and distinctively Ukrainian culture when he came to power in the middle of the 1920s. However, by the late 1920s, he and other Soviet officials, such as Mikhail Kalinin, Lazar Kaganovich, and Vyacheslav Molotov, were concerned that it might spark a revolution in Ukraine. They therefore made the decision to retaliate against what they perceived to be an ideological threat to the Soviet regime, and they started a violent, wide-ranging purge of intellectuals and religious institutions in Ukraine, including priests. Consider it as akin to beheading the nation’s leadership.
Stalin presented a five-year plan in 1928 with the intention of gaining control over Ukrainian agriculture. The plan called for the rapid industrialization of the entire Soviet Union, including the development of steel, coal, and electricity industries. Stalin resorted to “collectivization” of agriculture, which entailed combining small farms from all over the Soviet Union into sizable, state-run farms, in order to finance this project. Consider turning eighty small farms into one large farm. Isn’t it easier to control because of this? Isn’t it simpler to extract the grain, sugar, or whatever else that farm produces? Stalin was given direct control over grain production in Ukraine as a result of this plan, allowing him to take all the crop and sell it to the west in order to finance Soviet industrialization. Stalin intended to completely destroy the relationship between the land and life itself through this industrialization policy, which involved removing everything that grew on the land. This was one of the key ideological things in industrialization: saying that it’s not about the land, but it’s about the state, and that the Soviet state will then provide for your livelihood. Many Ukrainian farmers who had worked independently for their entire lives, resisted Stalin’s plan. So, Stalin found another way to attack them which was that of launching a propaganda campaign to destroy farmers:
Stalin labelled anyone who resisted his plan of collectivization as a ‘kulak,’ a Russian term which means a ‘wealthy peasant,’ and depicted them as greedy, exploiters and enemy of the state:
Sometimes, farmers were depicted as parasites:
This was a way to drive a wedge within the community and it was a way for Stalin to justify what the Soviet State and what the Communist Party was trying to do ideologically.
Whether rich or poor, Stalin seized the belongings of the so-called ‘kulaks.’ He then exiled, executed, or imprisoned hundreds of thousands of them. And for the farmers who remained, he engineered a famine to starve them.