26 May 2014
Findings of the Russian Commission of the Near East Relief
Published by The Nation
I. THE COMMISSION
ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMISSION
0N August 1, 1921, a party of Americans then en route from New York to Transcaucasia to make a survey of conditions in Transcaucasia for the Near East Relief, came into possession of a quantity of new information respecting famine conditions in the Volga district of Russia which greatly impressed them with the very serious need which might, if the reports received were substantiated, affect the lives of several millions of people in Russia. It was learned, at the same time, that a movement was on foot in the United States to undertake a limited amount of relief work among the children and the sick of the Volga district of Russia.
While the conditions upon which it was proposed to undertake this relief work were not known, and while it was self-evident that no member of this party could in any sense whatever presume to represent any organization or organizations planning to undertake relief work in Russia and much less of course the American Government in investigating conditions in Russia, the American party in question found itself peculiarly fortunately situated to be able to obtain first-hand information of conditions in the famine district of Russia, with the least possible delay, and to place whatever information might thus be obtained at the disposal of Mr. Herbert Hoover, as head of the American Relief Administration, should he desire it, or of any other American agency which might subsequently undertake relief work in this district; at the same time placing before the American public an impartial account of conditions in Russia as observed by Americans entirely without interest or bias. . . .
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