On December 9, the world memorates the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide Crimes, commemoration of human dignity and resilience, and prevention of such crimes. In connection with this date, the leading researcher of the Department of Ethnopolitics of the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnonic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, candidate of historical sciences Anatoliy Podolskiy gave an interview on Public Radio. The topic of the conversation: “Why genocides became possible in the 21st century, and how Russia will be held accountable for its crimes in Ukraine.”

“The tragedy is that after the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the killing of people did not stop. The legal point of view is important here: not every killing of a group of people is considered genocide and falls under the definition of war crimes. And as a historian, I can say about the historical context. When the convention was adopted 75 years ago, humanity had learned a few lessons from the Second World War.

Anatoliy Podolskiy during an interview

Because even in the last century, after 1948, there were many crimes: Mao Zedong’s China, Pol Pot’s crimes in Cambodia, Sudan, and Rwanda. These are also Russian crimes in Chechnya, Syria, Georgia. Also, soon it will be 10 years since they attacked our country, and almost two years of a full-scale invasion, during which Russians kill civilians…” –  Anatoliy Podolskiy emphasized in his interview.

Audio recording and text of Anatoly Podolsky’s interview on the website of Public Radio