The prominent Ukrainian historian Mykolu Shituk was found dead in his home in Mykolajiv with traces of violence including stab wounds.
This was reported on Sunday by the police, who started a murder investigation, informs Free Europe (RFE / RL).
Sitjuk was known for his famine research in Ukraine in 1932-33 and claimed the lives of millions of people. Hunger erupted after the Soviet authorities forced the Ukrainian farmers to enter united cooperatives and confiscated their crops of grain and other food.
Ukraine and a dozen other countries recognized the so-called Holodomor for the genocide against the Ukrainian people. In this regard, Moscow has long rejected every guilt, claiming that the weak harvest at that time has extinguished the population in other parts of the former Soviet Union.
The day of the Holodomor victims monument in Ukraine is commemorated every year on the fourth Saturday of November.