Written: Written on January 14, 1920
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 330b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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For urgent reply:
1) is this known?
2) what exactly is known?
3) is there literature about this coal?
4) what has been done?
5) what is being done?
 Written on a report from P. N. Solonko concerning deposits of coal, pyrites and white sand for chinaware in the vicinity of Bryansk. “The area on which coal has been discovered,” Solonko stated, “is approximately 40 versts square. With the present means and productivity of labour, the yield of coal could amount to about 3,500,000 poods annually, and if production is well organised... the yield could be more than 10 million poods.” = Lenin wrote on the envelope containing Solonko’s report: = “From P. N. Solonko on coal in the Maltsev area.”
On January 15, 1920, Lenin received from the Chief Coal Committee a memo giving information about the coal deposits near Bryansk. “I am sending you the present information,” wrote A. Lomov. “One of our best coal geologists has promised to go to the site” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 403).