Written: Written in January, not earlier than 13 and not later than 15, 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 330a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Lenin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
The position in the Don as regards food organisation is
impossible. The Don food agencies have boon set up on paper, but the
appointed food officials are working in the Tambov and Saratov gubernias,
and not where they should be. The district food agencies, set up in
amateur fashion and not connected with the Don Executive
Committee, are receiving no directives and instructions, and for that reason
are not capable of working, and cannot counteract the army food
Deputy Chairman, Don Executive Committee
Tsyurupa and Sereda:
Seed is badly needed for sowing!!
 On January 15, 1920, Tsyurupa communicated Lenin’s instruction to M. K. Vladimirov, Chairman of the Special Food Commission of the Southern Front, and asked him to report on the state of food work in the Don Region.