First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 368a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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16. IV. 1920
Give instructions, please, for a very strict check-up. Cannot impartial people, not Petrograders, be appointed for the check-up?
I have heard also from another source (besides the present letters+Kalmykova) that in this case the local Cheka behaved scandalously.
The matter must be sifted to the bottom, and quickly.
Be so kind, when the case is finished, to return to me the enclosed documents and have your secretary send me a telephone message about the result.
 This refers to the All-Russia Extraordinary Commission’s investigation into the case of a bogus co-operative organisation in Petrograd. In 1918, the former owners of a publishing house and print-shop, in order to prevent them from being nationalised, organised a bogus co-operative which obtained orders from various institutions by fraudulent means. The matter was investigated by the Extraordinary Commission in accordance with Lenin’s directive. The bogus co-operative was abolished. The print-shop was turned over to the Petrograd Economic Council, and the publishing house to the Petrograd Branch of State Publishers.