Written: Written on May 13, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the text in Tsyurupa’s handwriting, added to and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 227c-228a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Kalinin, Chairman of the All-Russia C.E.C.
Simbirsk or present whereabouts
Food workers at Atyashevo station are complaining that on your orders, bag-traders’ potatoes are being dispatched, prices have shot up, procurements have stopped. We consider it absolutely necessary to refrain from giving concrete technical directives and orders on food matters which cancel the decrees and violate the general food policy. In general, do not impair departmental and party inter-relations, devote main attention to the peasants.
On behalf of the Political Bureau of the C.C.,
 The words “Simbirsk or present whereabouts” in the address, and the text of the telegram from the words “In general”, are in Lenin’s handwriting.—Ed.