Written: Written on January 6, 1919
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 182c-183a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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A committee from 42 organisations of starving Petrograd and Moscow workers is complaining about your inefficiency. I demand the maximum effort on your part, an end to a formal attitude to the work and the utmost assistance to the starving workers. In the event of failure, I shall be compelled to arrest the entire staff of your institutions and have them prosecuted. I have given urgent orders to increase the number of locomotives and trucks. You should immediately load the available two trains of 30 trucks each. Telegraph fulfilment.
You are obliged to receive grain from the peasants day and night. If it is confirmed that you have not been accepting grain after 4 p.m. and compelling the peasants to wait until the morning, you will be shot.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars