First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI.
Printed from the typewritten original signed by V. I. Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 333.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 23, 1918
Vladimir Dmitriyevich Bonch-Bruyevich,
Office Manager, Council of People’s Commissars
In view of your failure to fulfil my insistent request to point out to me the justification for raising my salary as from March 1, 1918, from 500 to 800 rubles a month, and in view of the obvious illegality of this increase, carried out by you arbitrarily by agreement with the secretary of the Council, Nikolai Petrovich Gorbunov, and in direct infringement of the decree of the Council of People’s Commissars of November 23, 1917, I give you a severe reprimand.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin refers to the decision of the Council of People’s Commissars, passed on November 18 (December 1), 1917, “On the Remuneration of People’s Commissars, Senior Government Employees and Officials”, = which he had drafted. It set the maximum monthly salary for Commissars at 500 rubles with an allowance of 100 rubles for each member of the family unable to work.
Lenin also imposed a severe reprimand on N. P. Gorbunov, Secretary of the C.P.C.