Description of the artwork «Did you help the starving children of the Volga? So hurry up!»
A 1920 poster duplicated by Lenizdat 1967.
The famine in Russia in 1921-1922 (better known as the Famine in the Volga 1921-1922) is a mass famine during the Civil War in Russia in territories controlled by the Bolsheviks. It is known as famine in the Volga region, due to the fact that the regions of the Southern Urals and Volga region suffered the most long-term and massive. The peak of the famine occurred in the fall of 1921 - the spring of 1922, although cases of mass starvation in some regions were recorded from the fall of 1920 until the beginning of the summer of 1923. According to official statistics, the famine gripped 35 provinces, with a total population of 90 million people, of whom at least 40 million were starving (according to official Soviet data, 28 million). The number of victims of hunger amounted to about 5 million people. In the fight against hunger, the Bolshevik government for the first time accepted assistance from the capitalist countries.