RUSSIA: Alarm at Tummies

Round Russian peasant tummies now contain almost twice as much bread and liquor made from grain as in Tsarist days. So said, last week, both kindly Soviet President Michael Kalinin and ruthless Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin.

Reasons for Alarm. Production of grain in the Soviet Union is now almost up to the pre-Revolutionary level, yet there is an acute shortage of grain in the cities, and so little is left for export that that figure now stands at less than one twentieth of the 10,000,000 tons exported in average Romanov years.

Explanation may lie in the fact that Tsarist landlords underfed...

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