Written: Written on February 27, 1920
Published: First published on April 22, 1926, in Pravda No, 92. Printed from the original collated with the typewritten text, signed and added to by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 348b-349a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Lomonosov, before his departure, had told me that everything had been done for the oil pipeline.
Clearly we have here sabotage or slovenliness, for your information is utterly confusing.
Send me without fail not later than 11 a.m. next Tuesday 1) a short, extremely brief, report on (a) what has been ordered and (b) what has been done.
2) The name, patronymic and surname of each responsible person.
(P.S. In reply to your note of 27.II.)
 In the Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism– Leninism of the C.C., C.P.S.U. there is a note of Lenin’s to Alferov: “You promised information about the oil pipeline but did not give it!”, and a reply from Alferov on the construction of the Emba oil pipeline marked “27.II.Alferov”.
The construction of the Emba pipeline was discussed at a meeting of the Council of Defence on March 5, 1920. The Council decided to instruct the Board of the Supreme Economic Council to examine the plan for the construction of the Emba pipeline and submit it to the Council of People’s Commissars in final form, and to ascertain whether an inquiry had been made abroad for ordering the pipes required.