V. I.   Lenin


To:   K. I. LANDER

Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 190b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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23. I. 1919

Comrade Lander,

I draw your attention to the decision adopted today in the C.P.C.: you are directed to check before Saturday (by the Saturday sitting of the C.P.C.) fulfilment by Prodfaztop[1] (or other bodies of the Food Commissariat) of the decree of the C.P.C. dated January 18, 1919;

to ascertain the reasons for procrastination;

to discover the people who are to blame.[2]

Appoint an intelligent Communist inspector, be sure to add to him a worker, and make haste, so that they begin work Friday morning (if no worker is available, start without him and let him join in later).

I consider the matter important; they should supply information the same day. It is necessary to check the business correspondence of Prodfaztop, the office routine in regard to telegrams (whether they are in order, whether they are easy to find, whether the time of reply is checked, and so on).

Please do this as quickly and as strictly as possible.



[1] A department of the People’s Commissariat for Food in charge of food supplies for workers of factories, mills and fuel organisations.—Ed.

[2] On January 18, 1919, the Council of People’s Commissars adopted a decision on the fuel and food situation at state engineering works. This decision instructed the Commissariat for Food to furnish exact information on “how many trucks, and when and from what localities, had been ordered for state engineering works and textile mills” (Lenin Miscellany XXXIV, p. 94).

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