RUSSIA: Another Famine?

Out of Russia last week rolled rumors of another impending famine. Many store shelves in Moscow were again reported empty. Travelers from the provinces said that food was scarce even in some rich agricultural sections. Soviet newspapers had recently criticized the widespread neglect of agricultural machinery, and failure to provide proper fuel for tractors, binders, harvesting machines. The Soviet Union's last famine, in 1933, was caused by peasant opposition to Dictator Stalin's collectivization program. The present agricultural difficulties seem to be caused: 1) by the chaotic conditions in the much-purged Commissariat...

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