First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 195b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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18. II. 1919
Uyezd Executive Committee
Mikhail Mitrofanovich Fedoseyev of Azeyevo complains that you have nationalised his printing-press, refusing on February 6, reference No. 455, both repayment for the printing-press and compensation for removing from work his two girl apprentices and the woman binder. Report immediately whether these facts are true, whether it is true that the printing-press is standing idle at Sasovo in a shed. Please discuss whether Fedoseyev can be put to typographical work or allowed to set up an association of workers and conduct controlled management of his former printing-press in full subordination to the Soviet.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin’s telegram followed a letter from M. M. Fedoseyev from the village of Azeyevo, Yelatma Uyezd, Tambov Gubernia. Fedoseyev stated that in October 1918 his printing-press in the town of Yelatma was nationalised and now stood “in a shed, rusting away and idle”, at a time when the uyezd town of Yelatma was without a printing-press and orders were being sent to towns in other uyezds. Fedoseyev wrote that he was “not a bourgeois”, that for 27 years he had worked as a clerk, secretary, teacher, and book-keeper; that after buying on credit an old, broken-down printing-press, he had put it in order and had himself worked in the print-shop as proofreader and compositor.
On Fedoseyev’s letter Lenin wrote the words: “Wired 18.11”, “file away for handy reference”.
 In reply to Lenin’s telegram, P. Gorbunov, Chairman of the Yelatma Uyezd Executive Committee, reported the same day that the E.C. intended to merge Fedoseyev’s printing-press with another nationalised local printing-press (of Meshcheryakov), where both Fedoseyev and Meshcheryakov, as specialists, would be allowed to work.