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The death toll from the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine has been estimated between six and seven million. Historians debate if it should be considered a genocide since the famine was intentionally executed to starve perceived political opposition. One of Stalin's lieutenants in Ukraine stated in 1933 that the famine was a great success. It showed the peasants “who is the master here. It cost millions of lives, but the collective farm system is here to stay.”