Foreign News: Planned Economy

Feb. 9, 1946: "In the very near future," broadcast Stalin, "the rationing system will be abolished."

March 11: Russia promised to sell France 500,000 tons of grain. (By the end of July it was all delivered.)

July 12: The Soviet harvest for 1946, said Radio Moscow, is far in excess of last year's.

Aug. 6: Russia, said Minister of Agriculture I. A. Benediktov, is on the way to a bumper wheat crop.

Aug. 29: "In view of drought . . . and the diminishing of state food reserves," said Radio Moscow, the Russian Government will "abolish the rationing system in 1947 instead of 1946."


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