Written: Written on June 3, 1919
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the text in an unknown handwriting, added to and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 243b-244a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Revolutionary Military Council
The Revolutionary Committee of Kotelnikovo District, Don Region, by Order No. 27, abolishes the term “stanitsa” and establishes that of “volost”, and accordingly divides Kotelnikovo District into volosts.
In various districts of the region the local authorities forbid the wearing of trouser stripes and abolish the word “Cossack”.
In the 9th Army Comrade Rogachov is indiscriminately requisitioning horse harness and carts from the working Cossacks.
In many parts of the region local fairs for selling peasant wares are prohibited. Austrian prisoners of war are being appointed commissars in the stanitsas.
We call attention to the need to be particularly careful in breaking up such trivial features of everyday life, which are of no significance whatsoever in the general policy, so as not to irritate the population. Pursue a firm course on basic questions and be tolerant of the archaic survivals to which the population is accustomed.
Reply by telegram.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 The words “Reply by telegram” are in Lenin’s handwriting. —Ed.