Written: Written in July, prior to 14, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from the text in Gorbunov’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 264b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Find out what has been done to organise the extraction of oil from the shales of Syzran Uyezd and of Kazan oil.
 The text of Lenin’s directive was quoted by N. P. Gorbunov, head of the Science and Technology Department of the Supreme Economic Council of the R.S.F.S.R., in the general plan drawn up by him on July 14, 1919, outlining measures for the extraction of oil, coal, sapropel, shales and fuel gases.
In the spring of 1919 a large expedition from the Chief Shale Committee was sent to the Volga to organise the exploitation of fuel shales and bituminous deposits in Undory, Kapshira (near Syzran) and Syukeyevo.
In the second half of July and in August 1919, a number of executives on the staff of the Chief Shale Committee, headed by I. M. Gubkin, went to the Volga to check on the work of the expedition and give it assistance. Included in the group were F. F. Syromolotov, Chairman of the Chief Mining Board of the Supreme Economic Council, and V. P. Nogin, who enlisted the co– operation of local Party and administrative organisations. The results of the expedition’s work were reported to Lenin (see I. M. Gubkin’s contribution in the book Vospominaniya o Vladimire Ilyiche Lenine [Recollections about Vladimir Ilyich Lenin], Part 2, Moscow, 1957, pp. 300–19).