chapter  4
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The U.S.S.R.

For the war period, as for the pre-war years, evidence on the development of national income and defence expenditure in the Soviet Union is very scanty. There was, indeed, virtually no direct evidence at all until, in January 1944, a budget report was published for the first time since 1941. Since the budget of the U.S.S.R. comprises a much higher proportion of the national income than does that of any other country in normal times, it throws rather more light on the development of the economy as a whole than one might at first glance expect, and is well worthy of study.