Crisis in Ukraine, Lessons from Stalin and Russia’s Past

In Analysis by Michael Rae

As Putin’s columns move into Ukraine, some background on Russia’s relations with that nation may prove helpful.
In the winter of 1932, Robert Conquest outlines in Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror Famine, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin set impossibly high grain quotas and blocked all assistance from the outside. As a result, millions of people starved to death, with a high body count in Ukraine. 
“I saw the ravages of the famine of 1932-33 in the Ukraine,” writes Arthur Koestler in his contribution to The God That Failed. “Hordes of families in rags begging at the railway station,” and starving

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