First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 199a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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26. II. 1919
Tsekhanovsky, Chairman of the Executive Committee
Copy to Gubernia Executive Committee, Mogilev
I can receive you, if not personally, then through my secretary. In my opinion the plan of the Communists of Mikulino Volost is not bad, but it is desirable to have at least a brief written opinion from Orsha and Mogilev as to the reasons for their negative attitude.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin’s telegram is the reply to one dated February 26, 1919, from S. Y. Tsekhanovsky, Chairman of the Rudnya Executive Committee, Mikulino Volost, Orsha Uyezd, Mogilev Gubernia. Tsekhanovsky wrote that the Mikulino Communists had organised a central volost workers’ co-operative for the purpose of “uniting workers and peasants on the basis of a communist system of trade, abolishing private trading and pillage, and reconstructing existing kulak-dominated consumer co-operatives”; the Rules of this workers’ co-operative had been examined in the Supreme Economic Council. Reporting that leaders of the uyezd and gubernia organisations in Orsha and Mogilev were opposed to the activities of the Mikulino Communists, Tsekhanovsky asked permission to report to Lenin personally “on the state of affairs as the leader of communism and defender of the proletariat”.