V. I.   Lenin



Published: 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
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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.[2]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] 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”.

[2] 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.

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