First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 192a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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30. I. 1919
From Z. P. Krzhizhanovskaya via a woman delegate to the Extra-Mural Education Congress
A group of eight airmen in the army in the field, Tsaritsyn Front, Red Air Fleet (23rd Aeronautical Detachment)— headed by chauffeur Baranov ( previously of the 8th unit of the Special Aeronautical Division)— request that inspectors be sent there, they report that the air detachments exist only on paper and that the state of affairs threatens catastrophe.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 On receipt of Lenin’s note Sklyansky gave instructions to S. I. Aralov, member of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic, for an immediate investigation. On February 3, 1919, Aralov reported back that a member of the All-Russia Council of the Air Fleet had been sent by the Field Division for Aviation and Aeronautics to the Tsaritsyn Front to carry out an inspection.