First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 164b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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21. XI. 1918
Northern Economic Council
I severely reprimand you for procrastination and non-fulfilment of the directive of the Science and Technology Department of the Supreme Economic Council for the delivery of materials to the Central Science and Technology Laboratory of the Military Department. I demand that the materials be issued immediately and that every assistance be given in accelerating the experiments. Report fulfilment.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 This telegram was in response to a complaint Lenin received from N. P. Gorbunov, head of the Science and Technology Department of the Supreme Economic Council, that the Technical Committee of the Economic Council of the Northern Area was holding up fulfilment of orders from the Central Science and Technology Laboratory of the Military Department. At the top of the document received from Gorbunov, Lenin wrote an instruction to the secretary: = “Phone Gorbunov and tell him to send today the exact documents concerning the half-month’s delay and copies of papers from Amosov (head of the Technical Committee of the Economic Council of the Northern Area.—Ed.). Without the documents the complaint has no weight. Lenin.” On the left-hand side there is an additional note: “Reprimand sent. Lenin.” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50, pp. 453–54.)
See also the document that follows.