Written: Written in April, prior to 28, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 371a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn should be prohibited from printing detailed information about fuel. It is quite possible that the offensive by the Poles is partly due to our laxity in this respect. We are past masters at proving by statistics in our newspapers the inevitability of our own demise for all kinds of reasons.
To Rykov: I think this is true. Your opinion?
 In his reply to Lenin, Rykov wrote that on the following day he would order the newspaper Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn to stop printing news about the loading and transportation of fuel, leaving only news of procurements.