Written: Written on June 26, 1918
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from the originals.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 109b-110a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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1) Who and when are you sending to the local areas (Schlichter, Bryukhanov, who else? and where to?)?
2) We’ve had a talk with Pravdin (he arrived today from Tula, Yelets, Orel).
There is grain,
power in the hands of the poor peasants.
3) Who are you sending to Tambov and with what detachments? Should not Bryukhanov be sent there? The most energetic person is needed there.
(Today I had a talk with people from Tambov; the harvest is unprecedented; there is also old grain; the kulaks can be brought to heel, but there is a lack of organisers and detachments.)
4) Are we going to put up with the absence of a (food) dictatorship in Moscow? It’s a scandal! A disgrace!
Schlichter is going to Yefremov Uyezd, Tula Gubernia. I sent a comrade to Zinoviev in Petrograd (or workers for his detachment. Urgent loading of goods is in progress at present. In about 5 days’ time he will set out.
Five days for an exchange of telegrams with Zinoviev (who long ago was asking where to send detachments) and for loading the goods (1 day??).
This is monstrous red tape. Appoint ten officials— scoundrels from the Food Commissariat—and demand that everything be done in 1 day or in 2 days, otherwise dismissal and prosecution.
 Underlined by Lenin.—Ed.