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Hunger for Truth

The silence that came with starvation in the Ukraine.

Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By ANDREW STUTTAFORD
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Looking across the Atlantic, Gamache notes, it has been argued that plans by the Roosevelt administration to extend diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union may well have led Washington to downplay the famine. In any event, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations in November 1933, an event fêted with a lavish dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, where Walter Duranty was a guest of honor. In a nod to the cuisine of the Soviet homeland, borscht, a traditional Ukrainian dish as it happens, was on the menu. That evening, at least, there was soup.

Andrew Stuttaford works in the international financial markets and writes frequently about cultural and political issues.