Soviet Russia Volume 5

Soviet Russia Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...operations. The Soviet Government, however, has made considerable efforts to restore the river fleets, with the result that while shipping assistance--from Black Sea or other sources--would be extremely valuable, it ia not absolutely indispensable to insure the transport of foodstuffs and other cargoes by this means. The work of the Volga fleet is carried on under extremely difficult conditions. The chief of these is the lack of food, the workers sometimes going several days without rations. Thus, for example, the Kasan area Water Transport Department for a period during July was without bread. The dock workers did not get food for three or four days at a time, and then received a portion of oatmeal, 95 per cent of which was straw or chaffThe workers were so enfeebled that some no longer went to work, while the remainder, according to a responsible official, took three days to hoist an anchor to a ship. In Simbrisk, according to an official report, the workers failed to receive at least 70 per cent of the rations allotted to them-At a number of other places, owing to For detailed report on the repair of the river fleet? see table on page 173. starvation rations, absenteeism has greatly increased while productivity has fallen rapidly as a consequence. All water transport departments report an extreme shortage of labor power, and a tendency (which in some cases becomes a mass movement) of their employees to seek employment in other institutions. In some places the absenteeism amounted to 50 or even 75 per cent of the normal staff. A Report from the Volga Region Izvestia of August 12 publishes a letter from a member of the special delegation which was sent by the All-Russian Central Executive Committee to report on the actual conditions in the...
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487710
  • 9781236487711