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Yorkshire Post.  March 30th 1933

FAMINE IN RUSSIA 

British Visitor Fears Death for Millions

BERLIN, Wednesday 29th 1933 

“Russia to-day is in the grip of famine which is proving as disastrous as the catastrophe of 1921 when millions died,” said Mr. Gareth Jones, formerly political secretary of Mr. Lloyd George, when he arrived in Berlin this morning, on his way to London, after a long walking trip through the Ukraine and other districts of the Soviet Union.

Mr. Jones, who speaks Russian fluently was the first foreigner to visit the Russian countryside since the Moscow authorities forbade foreign correspondents to leave the city. 

In an interview. with the New York Evening Post, Mr. Jones said that famine on a colossal scale was impending.  It meant death to millions and the beginnings of serious unemployment in a land which has hitherto prided itself on every man having a job. 

The trial beginning on Saturday of the British engineers,” Said Mr. Jones, “ Is merely a sequel to the recent shooting of 35 prominent workers of agriculture including the Vice-Commissar ‘in the Ministry of Agriculture.  In an attempt to check the popular wrath at the famine which haunts every district of the Soviet Union.

CRUST SNATCHED FROM SPITTOON 

“In a train a Communist denied to me that there was a famine.  I flung into the spittoon a crust of bread I had been eating from my own supply.  A peasant my fellow passenger, fished it out and ravenously ate it.  I threw orange peel into the spittoon, the peasant again grabbed and devoured it.  The Communist subsided. 

“A foreign expert returning from Kazakatan told me that one million out of five million have died of hunger.  I can believe it. 

“After Stalin, the most hated man in Russia is Bernard Shaw.  To many of those who can read and have read his descriptions of plentiful food in their starving land the future is blacker than the present. 

“There is insufficient seed.  Many of the peasants are too weak to work the land.  The new taxation policy, which promised to take only a fixed amount of grain from the peasants, will fail to encourage production, because the peasants refuse to trust the Government.” 

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