The War Memoirs of Winston Churchill: Face to Face with Stalin Life Magazine 30 October 1950 at pages 104 and 106:

[about 1am August 18, 1942]

"I thought you would have found it bad," said I [Churchill], "because you were not dealing with a few score thousands of aristocrats or big landowners, but with millions of small men."

"Ten millions," he [Stalin] said, holding up his hands. "It was fearful. Four years it lasted. It was absolutely necessary for Russia, if we were to avoid periodic famines..."...

"What happened to them?" I [Churchill] asked.

he [Stalin] said "...the great bulk were very unpopular and were wiped out by their laborers"

Is there any independent evidence that this conversation is or isn't accurately quoted?

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