Riga (Dec. 20)
Pre-Christmas Food Shortgae Creates Difficult Situation in Soviet Capitals (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Two hundred persons, the majority of whom are Jews, were arrested by the Soviet authorities in Leningrad and Moscow on charges of food speculation. They will be exiled to Siberia.
The arrests were made by a special commission appointed by the Gepu, political police, to cope with the food shortage situation. The merchants are accused of having bought up food supplies from the cooperatives, holding them for higher prices.
Bread lines are seen in the streets of Moscow and Leningrad as the Christmas holiday is approaching.