First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 175c-176a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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26. XII. 1918
Rodniki Executive Committee
Rodniki, Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia
Copy to the Cheka
Immediately unseal the store-room and living-room of Pyotr Ilyich Surkov in Kutilovo village. Report the names of those who did the sealing and the explanation of their action, why they are requisitioning books. Wire execution.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin wrote this telegram in connection with a complaint reaching him from P. I. Surkov, a former member of the Social– Democratic group in the Third Duma, against the decision of the Extraordinary Commission of the town of Rodniki (Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia) to confiscate his library. Surkov reported that while objecting to the transfer of the library to Rodniki, he agreed to hand over the books for teaching young people in his own village. Regarding Surkov’s library, see also documents 228, 229 and 235 in this volume.