Written: Written on June 4, 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 383b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Is Takhtamyshev in your service? Are you feeding him badly? Why is he so thin and pale?
He is a member of the Supreme Board, lives oil the Soviet ration, works unlimited hours. Alferov.
He must be given a higher ration, one way or another.
Such a situation can’t be tolerated. An exception must be made.
 Lenin’s exchange of notes with Alferov took place at a meeting of the Council of Labour and Defence on June 4, 1920, at which Takhtamyshev was present.