Written: Written on February 13, 1919
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 194a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am told that the author is an honest man and a Party member. Please institute an investigation by dependable people. Notify me whom you have appointed.
 Lenin’s instruction to Petrovsky was written on the text of a report on the situation in Kursk Gubernia presented by an official of the Military Inspection. The latter reported dissatisfaction among the working people of Kursk Gubernia caused by abuses on the part of local Soviet and Party functionaries, the poor organisation of agitation and propaganda in the countryside and the weakness of the Party organisations in the gubernia.