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Russia in the Melting Pot

HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.

CHANNEL | National Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 13 July 1931

DURATION | 2 minutes 41 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1931

Synopsis

In this short extract from a talk for the BBC National Service, HG Wells discusses the failings of Stalin's 'Five Year Plan' for the economic recovery of Russia. The country, he contends, collapsed in 1917 and he fears that it will remain in disarray if Stalin does not begin to value expertise above political loyalties.

Did you know?

As 'Radio Times' noted in the edition that covered this broadcast, HG Wells had last visited Russia in 1920, accompanied by his son, at the invitation of the Russian Trade Delegation in London. He spent time in St Petersburg and Moscow and was the guest of his friend, the novelist Maxim Gorky. Wells wrote about his experiences in his book 'Russia in the Shadows' (1921).

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An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.

Letter to HG Wells thanking him for his promise to broadcast on the BBC.

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A note by HG Wells on his 'World peace' broadcast of 1929.

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Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?

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Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.

Memo concerning HG Wells's Russian Talk.

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Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.

A letter from HG Wells to the BBC.

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