Written: Written on April 17, 1920
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 369a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade V. I. Lenin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
You forwarded me a telegram from Kazan complaining about the lack of currency notes. I have received similar telegrams from Vyatka and Vologda gubernias. In all these places, because of the lack of money, teachers have not received salaries for three months.
Thus, it turns out that in the absolutely starving gubernias teachers go hungry for lack of foodstuffs, while in the producing gubernias such as those of Kazan, Vologda and Vyatka, in which teachers in fact could feed themselves, they are starving through lack of money.
I earnestly request you, Vladimir Ilyich, to issue some sort of directive or to put this before the Council of People’s Commissars, so that currency notes issued for the needs of the gubernias will be divided proportionately, i.e.: where there is a 10–20% shortage, this shortage should be spread among all the departments. Otherwise, what happens in practice is that absolutely all, except those engaged in education, receive their salaries....
To the Narrow Council: please put this through. Even more: it is necessary to give preference to teachers.