Written: Written on August 31, 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 425b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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It is essential to centralise and combine aid, distributing it correctly.
 Written on a copy of a telegram from V. M. Sverdlov, Deputy People’s Commissar for Railways, sent on August 27, 1920, from Saratov, requesting that textiles, footwear and household articles be issued for 345 families of railwaymen, who had been the victims of a fire. Owing to the absence of clothing, wrote Sverdlov, they could not go to work, and this threatened an interruption in railway traffic.