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Catching up economically with the West was necessary for survival as well as prestige. Meanwhile, it was necessary to defend Soviet rule against a Western military alliance that not only had far more resources but was also ahead in most military technologies most of the time. In short, the Soviet leadership's stance towards the rest of the world was characteristically fearful, defensive and risk-averse. The word 'defence' is not a euphemism. The Soviet defence effort was itself defended by extreme secrecy.
The idea was to circumvent Stalin, who was on holiday, and get action without involving the leader himself. But Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and secret police chief Lavrentii Beria forwarded his request to the leader at his holiday dacha on the Black Sea, and Khrushchev was scolded by Stalin. e. Ukraine's] reserves'. Stalin, meanwhile, was insisting on Soviet grain deliveries to Poland and East Germany, to consolidate the new Soviet bloc (op. , pp. 204, 206). Thus the gruesome history of the 1932-34 Ukrainian famine was repeated, though mercifully on a much smaller scale.
E. Ukraine's] reserves'. Stalin, meanwhile, was insisting on Soviet grain deliveries to Poland and East Germany, to consolidate the new Soviet bloc (op. , pp. 204, 206). Thus the gruesome history of the 1932-34 Ukrainian famine was repeated, though mercifully on a much smaller scale. Zima (1996, pp. 168-9) estimates that in the 1946-4 7 famine about one million people died of starvation and famine-related diseases such as typhus and dysentery, and that about five million people fled the affected areas.