(The Ukrainian Weekly, January 10, 1988, No. 2, Vol. LVI)
KIEV – Volodymyr Shcherbytsky, first secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine, stated on December 25 that famine in the 1930s was a consequence of the collectivization of Soviet agriculture. Speaking to a party meeting in Kiev on the 70th anniversary of Soviet rule in Ukraine, Mr. Shcherbytsky broke new ground in the debate over Joseph Stalin. Previously, General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev had criticized Stalin’s collectivization policies, but had not mentioned the famine.