V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published on September 26, 1942, in Pravda No. 269. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 387a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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16. VI. 1920

Dear Comrades,

I enclose herewith the decision of the Council of Labour and Defence of 11.VI,[1] and again specially ask you to give this question the most serious attention.

The Moscow population can and should be mobilised to a man to haul out of the forests by hand a sufficient quantity of firewood (say, one cubic metro per adult man in 3 months—the experts can figure it out more exactly; I mention a figure as an example) to stations on the railways and narrow-gauge lines.

Unless heroic measures are taken, I shall personally get a decision put through the Council of Defence and the C.C. not only for the arrest of all the persons responsible but for their execution. Inactivity and negligence cannot be tolerated.

With communist greetings,


[1] On June 11, 1920, after hearing the report of a commission on measures for ensuring the maximum deliveries of fuel, especially for Moscow, the Council of Labour and Defence resolved: “To make the Moscow Fuel Board and the People’s Commissariat for Railways responsible for transporting within three weeks all the firewood lying at railway stations within a 30–verst radius of Moscow, to the amount of about 8,000 cubic sazhens.” = (Lenin Miscellany XXXIV, p. 321.)

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