V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 207b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
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Sereda and Tsyurupa

Peasant Filipp Ilyich Bodrov (living in Forest School, Sokolniki, Moscow)—formerly a Petrograd worker, over 20 years in the Party—who has a farm in Venev Uyezd, Tula Gubernia (about 20 members of the family living together, undivided, a “middle peasant”), assures me that grain can be carted to Moscow over a distance of up to 200 versts (his village is 180 versts from Moscow). We have grain, he says, we also have surpluses.

We have missed the winter period, he says, but after the sowing (which ends at about St. Nicholas’s Day[1] ) there will be about a month’s free time (before dung carting, about a week before St. Peter’s Day[2] ). This, he says, should be utilised.

Information should be collected urgently, at once, and if there is even a slight chance, this measure should be carried out, for there will be no consignments from the cast.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.

7. IV. 1919


[1] May 9.—Ed.

[2] June 29.—Ed.

[3] Lenin’s letter was written following a talk with F. I. Bodrov, Chief of the Supply Section of the Sokolniki Forest School. There is a note from Lenin to the Commandant of the Kremlin, written on April 7, 1919: “Please admit the bearer, Comrade Filipp Ilyich Bodrov, to the Kremlin and the Council of People’s Commissars. V. Ulyanov (Lenin), Chairman, C.P.C.” = (Lenin Miscellany XXIV, p. 288).

Regarding Bodrov, see also Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol.  50, Document 555.

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