Ukrainian parliament allocates funds to complete construction of Holodomor museum

Ukraine's Parliament has approved allocating an additional UAH 573.9 million ($15.6 million) to complete construction of the National Holodomor Museum. The Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No. 3473, which provides funding to finish building the museum dedicated to victims of the man-made Soviet famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s. The law was passed with 312 votes in favor, reported one of the heads of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, Taxation and Customs Policy, Yaroslav Zheleznyak.

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On July 12, the Budget Committee recommended the Verkhovna Rada to adopt as a basis and as a whole the bill No. 9437 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2023".

According to Roksolana Pidlasa, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Budget Committee, the initiative is balanced and does not provide for an overall increase in state budget expenditures for the current year.

The National Museum of the Holodomor Genocide was established by order of the Cabinet of Ministers on July 8, 2009, and the actual opening of the museum took place in August 2009. The first phase of the complex was built in 2008. The second phase began to be implemented in 2017. On November 28, 2020, during the commemoration of the Holodomor victims in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instructed the government to co-finance the project of the National Museum of the Holodomor Genocide.

The commissioner of the construction is the State Enterprise "Directorate for the Construction of the Holodomor Victims Memorial". Since the territory is a protected area of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery, the construction work was agreed with UNESCO. The architect and author of the project is Andrii Myrhorodskyi.

The museum will be able to receive 1,500 visitors at a time.