[bas relief by Oleh Lesiuk]
Daily Express. March 30th 1933
Millions Starving In Russia
‘THERE IS NO BREAD WE ARE DYING’
Wednesday, March 29th.
Russia to-day is in the grip of famine, which is proving disastrous as the catastrophe of when millions died,’’ said Mr. Gareth Jones, formerly political secretary of Mr. Lloyd George when he arrived in Berlin today 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 the famine on a colossal stale was impending. It meant death to millions by hunger, and the beginning of serious unemployment in a land which has hitherto prided itself on every man having a job.
“I walked alone through villages and twelve collective farms,” he said. “Everywhere was the cry, ‘There is no bread; we are dying!’ This cry came to me from every part of Russia.
TOO WEAK TO WORK
“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 Kazakstan told me that a million out of five million have died of hunger.
“‘There is insufficient seed. Many of the peasants are too weak to work.”
In short, concluded Mr. Jones, the Government’s policy of collectivization and the peasants’ resistance to it had brought Russia to the worst catastrophe since the famine of 1921swept away the population of whole district.
“ KEEP COOL,” SAYS SOVIET AMBASSADOR
M. J. Maisky, Soviet Ambassador in London, referring to the arrest of the. Meropolitan-Vickers men in Russia. at a dinner last night, said: “This case will very soon be given a just and public trial in Moscow, after which all the facts will be clarified. We must not allow ourselves to be carried away by passion of the moment.”
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