Written: Written in February, after 18, 1918
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 66b-67a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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1st, are there inventory data
(1) where (addresses) are the goods?
(2) who precisely (names and addresses) has all these goods?
2nd, where (by whom, when?) was the order made for
Who is responsible for their safekeeping?
3rd, who is responsible for their proper (rationed, by cards)
4th, what has been done (by whom?) for the free distribution to the poor of part of these and the whole amount of confiscated products?
 Lenin’s inquiry was written in connection with the stock-taking of goods in warehouses which was being carried out by the Supreme Economic Council. In reply, Rykov informed Lenin that: = 1) lists had been drawn up of goods in private, military, railway and other warehouses; = 2) responsibility for guarding the stores lay with the organisations to which they belonged; goods were released from the warehouses on delivery orders issued by the appropriate central bodies (Central Committee of Textile Industry, Central Soap Board, etc.); = 3) rationing and distribution by ration cards was being carried out by the town Food Committee through co-operative shops and private firms; = 4) there was very little of confiscated products.