First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 169a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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7. XII. 1918
Gubernia Executive Committee
Copy to Uyezd Executive Committee
Received a complaint from Ivan Bogdanov about the arrest for sabotage of his 17-year-old son, Vladimir, who is suffering from bronchitis. Re-examine the case, check as to the illness, inexperience, youth of the arrested person, and particularly investigate whether the real saboteurs were not the 30 officials of the Commissariat for Agriculture who had refused to do the work and shifted it on to Bogdanov. Telegraph the result of the check.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin wrote this telegram following a complaint received from I. V. Bogdanov, a member of the staff of the Unemployment Insurance Office in Borisoglebsk, concerning the arrest of his son who, on the grounds of his inexperience and poor health, refused to take part in the work of the Evacuation Commission to which he was assigned by the Commissariat for Agriculture.