Written: Written in December, not earlier than 25, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 321b-322a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Put on the agenda of the Council of Defence and instruct Krasin (or Lomonosov) to immediately draft a decision (on withdrawals from the army) and reach agreement with Sklyansky.
 Written on a telegram sent from Ruzayevka by J. Kh. Peters, Chairman of the Special Committee for Introducing Martial Law on the Railways. It was received late in the evening on December 25, 1919, and contained a proposal for recalling skilled workers of railway repair-shops and depots from the army, since locomotive repairs had decreased almost everywhere, and in some places dropped to a catastrophic minimum.
At a meeting of the Council of Defence on December 31, after discussion of a draft decision put forward by L. B. Krasin “on withdrawing from the army skilled railway repair-shop men and workers”, = it was decided to regard the question as settled, in view of Krasin’s statement that in practice it had already been solved.