No Explanation Is Given for Action
Taken Despite the Reports of Big Harvest
REPORTERS ARE CURBED
Foreigners May Not Visit the Provinces
Without Permit --Famine is Denied
By The Associated Press
[The New York Times, Monday,
August 21, 1933, Front Page]
MOSCOW, Aug. 20 ----Foreign correspondents here
were warned individually today by the press section of the Foreign
Office not to attempt to travel to the provinces or elsewhere in the
Soviet Union without first obtaining formal permission. Although it
was said officially that this was not a new rule, it seldom has been
applied to restrict the movements of foreign newspaper men.
Despite published claims of a bumper crop this year, the Foreign
Office without explanation refused permission to William H.
Chamberlain, Christian Science Monitor correspondent, to visit
and observe the harvest in the principal agricultural regions of
the North Caucasus and the Ukraine. Mr. Chamberlain, one of
the best known American correspondents, who has lived here
eleven years, had often traveled in those regions. There was a
food shortage there the past Winter.
Several months ago two other American correspondents were
forbidden to make a trip to the Ukraine.
The price of bread suddenly and without public announcement
was increased 100 percent today in all government cooperative
stores. Black bread was raised from 6 to 12 kopecks for 400
grams (nearly one pound) and white bread from 16 to 32 kopeks.
Editor: This A/P story was immediately followed on the front page
of The New York Times in the same column by an article entitled
'Famine Report Scorned" by Walter Duranty. The Duranty story
follows next in this gallery on this website.
The New York Times, NY, NY, Monday, August 21, 1933, Front
Page. Researched and transcribed from The New York Times on
microfilm by the www.ArtUkraine.com Information Service (ARTUIS)
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