Kyiv City Council has voted unanimously in favor of naming a city street in honor of Welsh journalist who was responsible for exposing Stalin’s early 1930’s genocide in Ukraine.
The location of the street is yet to be officially named but is expected to be Proectny Lane in Shevchenkivskyi district.
The recent Agnieska Holland film “Mr Jones” has brought worldwide attention to the 1932-1933 famine imposed by the Stalin regime and the man largely responsible for getting the story out of a closed USSR. In 1932 entering Russia on a journalist visa, Mr Jones eventually ditched his minders, getting off the train earlier than planned somewhere outside Kharkiv to see mass starvation. The dead bodies lining the streets and acts of cannibalism he witnessed were contrary to the positive official propaganda lines that were flooding world media at the time.
On March 29, 1933, he convened a press conference in Berlin, in which he publicly announced the catastrophic situation in Ukraine. The press release was reprinted by leading world publications, in particular the New York Evening Post and the Manchester Guardian.
Sadly, Gareth Jones was murdered soon after these events by a suspected Kremlin assassin in Mongolia.