The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)


No Explanation Is Given for Action Taken Despite the Reports of Big Harvest


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 [1933]----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  Information Service (ARTUIS)