First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 263b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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11. VII. 1919
Zenkovich, Chairman, Gubernia Executive Committee
To be shown also to Yaroslavsky, Krylenko, Plaksin and
the Gubernia Food Commissar
Please verify at once through absolutely reliable and impartial persons whether it is true that Sergei Malyshev is working excellently in Volsk and Balakovo with a barge-shop, further whether it is true that there is a huge crop on the left bank of the Volga, and that there are not enough people for harvesting work. How many thousands, and when, are needed from the northern gubernias? Petrograd and Moscow are without grain. Heroic measures needed. Wire exact reply immediately.
Chairman, Council of Defence