First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 174b-175a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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25. XII. 1918
Bulatov, Chairman of the Gubernia Executive Committee
I authorise you to investigate the enclosed complaint and report the result to me as soon as possible.
Report essentials by telegraph (“re the case of the schoolteacher Ivanova”).
Particularly important: check the statement that in the Poor Peasants’ Committee there are former and present elements of the Black Hundreds: Teterin, Skvortsov, Kozlov, Baskakov.
Start the check discreetly to prevent premature publicity and be able to catch them red-handed and expose them completely.
Should the accusation prove to be true, these Black Hundreders must be kicked out publicly and a leaflet about the affair promulgated throughout the volost and uyezd, for the population must be taught that well-founded complaints are of great significance and lead to important results.
Telegraph me: “Letter received, directive will be carried out”, and then about the progress of the investigation.
Send the results by letter, the exact findings of the investigation and the measures taken.
I think that as Chairman of the Gubernia Executive Committee you need no special mandate from me for such a simple case. If need be, I will send it.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
N.B. Enclosed herewith is V. S. Ivanova’s complaint.
 D. A. Bulatov wired Lenin on December 26, 1918: “Letter received. Directive will be carried out.” In a telegram on December 28, 1918, Bulatov reported that Teterin, a member of the Pervitino Poor Peasants’ Committee, had been relieved of his post as being a former gendarme, but the other members of the committee had been left in their posts since the accusations against them were unproven. On December 31 Bulatov sent Lenin a detailed letter on this matter.