Written: Written on May 4, 1919
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 223a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Don’t be capricious, you are not a school miss. You were asked not whether you consider “all your actions” “absolutely (!!) correct” (that is ludicrous!!), but whether you have carried out all orders from the centre. But you are silent about this! Go on working—we do not accept your resignation. In future carry out all orders from the centre and do not talk unseemly nonsense about “intrigues”.
 Lenin wrote this note on a statement by A. Y. Badayev to the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Red Army Deputies. Badayev tried to justify the various instances of non-fulfilment by him of the orders of the People’s Commissariat for Food (see Note 211), claiming that the accusations against him were “intrigues of a definite group in the Centre” and asking to be relieved within five days of his post as Food Commissar of the Petrograd Labour Commune.