V. I.   Lenin



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.[2]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] At the top of the document Lenin wrote: “Please send the bill for this telegram to me personally.”—Ed.

[2] 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.

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