Stalin’s ism by Gary Saul Morson | The New Criterion

I am utterly dumbfounded by the conclusion Kotkin draws from all this: “The famine was not intentional. It resulted from Stalin’s policies of collectivization-dekulakization.” How could it be unintentional? The mass starvation was well known, the Bolshevik officials enforcing the famine were well-fed, private charity was forbidden, and fishing in the river was not allowed. Piles of grain rotted in front of starving peasants who were prevented from touching the food. Whole villages were blockaded, and peasants were prevented from leaving Ukraine. If they managed to do so and returned with bread, it was seized by border guards. What else is needed to qualify as intent?

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