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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the National Defence Committee Mati Raidma and Ambassador of Estonia to USA Marina Kaljurand participated in the corner stone ceremony of the Holodomor memorial in Washington.

Mihkelson, who spoke at the ceremony, emphasised that Holodomor, which claimed millions of lives, is and will remain a warning for us all. 

“Holodomor was the tragic time in Ukrainian history that stands as a reminder to us all that history is not to be forgotten. We have to speak on behalf of those who can’t speak themselves. We have to remember what horrific effect totalitarianism has had and we have to make efforts to avoid the recurrence of similar catastrophes in the future,” Mihkelson said.

At the beginning of this week, the President of the Ukrainian World Congress Eugene Czolij and the President of the Ukrainian Congress of Estonia Vira Konõk presented the President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma with a certificate of appreciation to Estonia for condemning the 1932–1933 genocide in Ukraine at the parliamentary level 20 years ago. Estonia had been the first country to officially declare the famine that ravaged Ukraine in those years as a genocide against its nation.

The photograph was taken by the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Washington.

The Riigikogu Press Service