The Great Famine of Kazakhstan

The Kazakh famine is known by variety of different names, including aqtaban shŭbïrïndï (The Barefooted Flight), ŭlï asharshïlïq (The Great Famine), velikii dzhut (The Great Zhŭt), “Goloshchekin’s genocide,” and “Kazakhstan’s Holodomor.”

Although the name is contested, there is growing historical consensus that from 1930 to 1933 an estimated 1,500,000 people starved to death in Kazakhstan. A quarter of the…