The article examines the causes of food crisis in Chita, the Transbaikal region, during the First World War and the local authorities’ efforts to resolve it. The factors of deficit and high cost of basic food products, the measures of the Military Governor A. I. Kiyashko and the city public self-government aimed at solving food difficulties are analysed. The author shows that administrative methods of price regulation turned out to be ineffective under the conditions of rampant speculation, disruption of railway communication, bans on grain export from Western Siberia and the beginning of meat stocking up in Siberia and the Far East.

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