V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 2, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 241b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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1) To Rosta,[1] for them to send me tomorrow a written report that this has been transmitted by them to so many newspapers, 

2) To Chicherin, that this should go out by radio in German, French and English.


[1] Rosta—Russian Telegraph Agency.—Ed.

[2] On May 27, 1919, the C.P.C. heard a report by A. I. Svidersky, a member of the Board of the People’s Commissariat for Food, on the state of grain procurements and on plans for the food procurement campaign before the next harvest. The Council decided to publish Svidersky’s report in the form of an article and to transmit abroad by radio a short communication about it with statistical data.

Lenin’s instruction to the secretary was written on the text of the prepared radio-information, which stressed that, in spite of extremely adverse conditions (lack of commodities, devaluation of the currency, seizure by whiteguards of the main grain-growing regions), procurements of grain in 1919 were proceeding more successfully than in the previous year: the Soviet food supply organisations collected 102 million poods of grain during the nine months (from August 1918 to April 1919) compared with only 28 million poods during the ten months (from November 1917 to August 1918).

Svidersky’s article “Immediate Food Prospects” was published in Izvestia for June 3 and 4, 1919.

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