You missed the part where I wrote : And then there are the dead between 1937 and 1953.I don't think anyone who can look at a population deficit of between 13 and 18 million and claim that 30 million is the most accurate number is in a position to call other estimates ridiculous.
Source?The declining birth rates alone would have substantially decreased the population growth and there was certainly a substantial reduction of birth rates both due to the famine and due to the increasing urbanization. For example, in Russia and Ukraine there was over 9 million decrease in births overall during this period when compared to 1926.Anyway, if the claim about 30 milion was even remotely true, birth rates would have collapsed even further, leading to a significant population decrease, not an increase.
On a sidenote: It absolutely shocks me how communist appologetia is rampant and that it is tolerated. All tricks and lies are used to minimize the number of vicitims slaughtered in the USSR, ridiculous excuses are used to justify millions of dead: "You know Stalin improved the lives of the people that surived his rule - by like a LOT."
With the same "logic" one could say: "You know Colonialism improved the lives of the people that surived its rule - by like a LOT." I doubt that such a statement would be treated as leniently as Stalinist appologetia.