Written: Written in June, prior to 18, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 255b-256a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To the Orgbureau of the C.C.: a general strike in Tver, then in Klin, all this is creating an extremely menacing situation. The following measures must he urgently discussed:
to help the textile workers
emergency measures are needed:
when will you discuss?
1) See that the textile
workers (pay attention) are
provided with food at
2) Mobilisation of textile
workers ... (10,000) to be
Tver (and Klin) especially
railwaymen and Red Army
to be supplied with food
and taken care of. 3) Distribution of newspapers and posters, lectures, step up the work of the People’s The Tver Military Commissar is too inexperienced in military matters; he is very good, but requires assistance. Commissariat for Education. 4) Tickets (daily) on railways for members of the C.C. of trade union executives.
The ignorance of the textile workers is appalling.
No one takes care of them, they have no newspapers, no
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posters. Something more must be done to improve the food situation, something like purchases, etc.
 Lenin wrote this letter in connection with the strike of workers at a number of enterprises of Tver Gubernia. The strike, which broke out in the middle of June 1919 and lasted several days, was caused by dissatisfaction among the workers over the reduction of the bread ration and food supplies. Counter-revolutionary elements tried to take advantage of the economic difficulties of the Soviet Republic in order to inflame anti-Soviet sentiments.
The question of the food strikes was discussed at joint meetings of the Politbureau and Orgbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on June 18 and 24, 1919. Special measures were taken to improve the position of the workers of the textile district.