RUSSIA: Stomach Crisis

Whether enough food got into Russian stomachs was an academic question to Walter Duranty and other Moscow correspondents until last week. Suddenly Dictator Josef Stalin returned, robust and vigorous, from a two-month holiday in his native Caucasus. Two days later the "Man of Steel" announced, for the first time, short food rations for not only all foreign correspondents but even for previously pampered foreign engineers.

Worse still, the price of rationed food was drastically upped. Egg prices rose 250% overnight. Meat prices almost doubled. This winter the only foreigners in Russia...

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