The Central Commission on Relief for Starving in the Volga Region and other Russian regions stricken by the bad harvest investigated the scale of the hunger and sought help everywhere, including foreign countries. And the help arrived. In the same year 1921, the writer Anatole France donated his Nobel Prize to the famine relief efforts in Russia. The famous polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen provided invaluable help, as he was asked by the International Red Cross to establish the Nansen Assistance Committee to bring relief to Russia’s famine-stricken Volga Region. Why invaluable, though? Nansen’s efforts to save thousands of lives earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.
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