Russia: Complex Means No Good

When shrimps learn to whistle, to borrow a proverb from Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet agriculture will provide enough food for Russia. Meanwhile, on an inspection tour of harvests in Central Asia, Khrushchev faced the perennial farm crisis all over again.

The agricultural situation, he said, was "complex and unusual." He blamed intense heat for a poor crop in the vast steppes of Siberia; he gave the same excuse for the virgin lands of northern Kazakhstan, where the harvest would be far below expectations. In the Ukraine, bread basket of the Soviet Union, the wheat crop was "somewhat worse than last year."...

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