Written: Written on June 20, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the text in Fotieva’s handwriting, added to and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 393c-394a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copy to the Gubernia Land Department
In the matter of presenting information concerning the requisitioning of market-garden produce you have displayed impermissible procrastination. The first telephone message was transmitted to you on May 28, the second on June 22, and it was only to a telegram of June 26 that your reply was forthcoming, signed by secretary Trilisser. A brief report must be presented by you without delay. Inform us exactly how many days of postponement are required for a more detailed report. In the event of a brief report not being presented immediately, and a more detailed one within a very short period, the persons responsible will be called to strict account.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
Copy to Comrade Kursky: prosecute them for procrastination.
 The text of the telegram from the words “Copy to Comrade Kursky” to the end is in Lenin’s handwriting.—Ed.