Written: Written on April 20, 1918
Published: First published on January 19, 1928, in the newspaper Proletarsky Put (Ulyanovsk) No. 16. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 79a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Chairman of the Soviet
Inform me by telegram of the circumstances and conditions of election of heads of Chuvash teachers’ seminaries for men and women. I am interested in the fate of Inspector Ivan Yakovlevich Yakovlev, who has worked for fifty years for the advance of the Chuvash people and suffered persecution from tsarism. I think Yakovlev should not be torn away from his life’s work.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 At the top of the document Lenin wrote: “Please send the bill for this telegram to me personally.”—Ed.
 I. Y. Yakovlev established the first Chuvash school in the city of Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk), the birthplace of Lenin. He compiled the first Chuvash alphabet and primer, and did a great deal towards educating the Chuvash people.
In reply to his inquiry Lenin received a telegram on May 4, 1918, saying that Yakovlev continued as chairman of the courses and seminary for women.