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Ukraine Opens Up Files On Stalin-Era Famines

President Viktor Yushchenko at an exhibition about the famines; the president's grandfather was one of a number of relatives who died in the famine. (epa) August 18, 2006 -- Ukraine's national intelligence agency, the SBU, today declassified 130 state archive files on the country's Stalin-era famine.

Between five and seven million Ukrainians are estimated to have died during the 1932-33 famine.

Many Ukrainians claim the famine was deliberately orchestrated by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

SBU spokesman Vasyl Danielenko says Ukraine is the first former Soviet country to open up secret documents on the famines.