First published in part on January 21, 1927, in Krasnaya Zvezda No. 17.
Published in full in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 148b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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17. IX. 1918
To all volost Poor Peasants’ Committees of Yelets Uyezd
Your telegrams received.
It is impossible to confine oneself to general and vague expressions, which too often conceal the complete failure of the work. Accurate weekly figures are essential: first, exactly what part of the grain surpluses has been collected and delivered by which volosts; second, exactly how many poods of grain have been delivered, and to which elevators and granaries.
Without such data, all the rest is mere verbosity. Reply more exactly.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Telegrams from the Poor Peasants’ Committees of Yelets Uyezd, Orel Gubernia, were sent to Lenin in reply to his letter to Sereda, People’s Commissar for Agriculture (see this volume, Document 178).