Saint Pierre & Miquelon Islands
Almost overnight during the 1920’s and early 30’s, Saint Pierre & Miquelon Islands experienced prosperity like never before as a prime liquor hub for much of North America which was under prohibition. France’s smallest colony was a dream come true for both bootleggers and suppliers. Due to this French government spent close to 20 million francs to improve its harbor and storage facilities, which were now accommodating a thousand ships each year. Despite its low import duties, income from customs alone was three times the operating budget of St. Pierre & Miquelon before prohibition. Gangsters in pinstriped suits and fedora hats could be seen wandering around L’Hotel Robert, including Al Capone who was rumored to have a private residence on the island. And with more than two million gallons of Canadian whiskey being exported in just one year, a branch of the Canadian Bank of Imperial Commerce was established on the territory. Considering the Dominion was doing more business there than they were with Argentina, Australia, Ireland or China, it wasn’t a bad decision at all. See more here.
Yalta in Crimea
During this same time Crimean Turks, also known in the West as Crimean Tatars, were until 1944 the autochthonous inhabitants of the Crimea. Their fate furnishes one of the best illustrations of Soviet genocide. As is well known, the Bolsheviks occupied the Crimea and incorporated it into the RSFSR in November 1920. Numerous existing documents and research studies testify to the fact that until World War II, during the 20-year rule of the Bolsheviks in the Crimea (November 1920 to November 1941), the Soviet government followed a policy of gradual but systematic physical extermination of the Crimean Turks and that the mass genocide of 1944 was only the concluding stage in this program of extermination.
After the occupation of the Crimea by the Bolsheviks in November 1920, power in the Crimea was handed over to the notorious Hungarian Communist, Bela Kun, who carried out a policy of mass terrorism. In the process between 60,000 and 70,000 inhabitants of the Crimea were shot. This reign of terror was the introductory phase of physical extermination of the Crimean Turks by the Bolsheviks. The name of Bela Kun became a household word among the people, who replied to terrorism with armed resistance to the Soviet regime. See more here.