Written: Written on December 16, 1918
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 173a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I demand immediate institution of the strictest investigation and a report to me on its institution and the result.
 The instruction to G. I. Petrovsky, People’s Commissar for Internal Affairs, was written by Lenin on a telegram he received on December 16, 1918, from peasants of Budilovo village (Yaroslavl Gubernia) complaining against the Chairman of the local Poor Peasants’ Committee who had confiscated grain from them although they had no surpluses. They asked protection of Lenin, as “head of the peasant government”.