First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 173c-174a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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21. XII. 1918
To the Vecheka
I enclose a complaint.
Please find out without fail who is responsible for this red tape (no reply from 3.XII to 20. XIII! Yet the decree is dated 21. XI!!!) and prosecute. Such a disgraceful thing must not be allowed to go unpunished. Apparently there are saboteurs in the office.
Further, you must appoint a person to take charge of the speedy, immediate transfer of the warehouses.
Report what you have done.
 This refers to the transfer to the People’s Commissariat for Food of warehouses of industrial and handicraft products, which were at the disposal of the All-Russia Extraordinary Commission (Vecheka). The transfer was to have been made in pursuance of the decree on the organisation of supplies for the population adopted by the Council of People’s Commissars on November 21, 1918. On December 3, 1918, the Food Commissariat asked the Vecheka to turn over the warehouses to the Chief Board for Distribution of Products, but up to December 20 this request remained without reply. On December 20, the Food Commissariat applied to the Council of Defence concerning this matter.