Written: Written on March 7, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 353b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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If grain and timber procurement has risen, special efforts must be devoted to barges and preparations for floating, especially barges for oil, then to building houses for the Chelyabinsk and other coal workers. Cannot the Siberian prisoners of war and officers be moved to the Urals and set to work on coal and timber?
To expedite replies from the centre, obtain direct lines through the military department.
Krestinsky has replied to you. I repeat in brief. The Ishim remains in Tyumen Gubernia. You can keep Brunovsky. About meat, an order to organise salting centres has been given.
Regarding regional centres, it is necessary to tread warily and think it over carefully, so as to avoid regionalism.
If troop formation in Siberia has been overdone you should check yourself what real measures are being taken to combat this, summoning to the direct line anyone you require.
Smirnov must be taken off diplomatic, frontier and military affairs and returned to peace-time work.
 Transmitted by direct line.—Ed.
 Written in reply to Trotsky’s telegram from Ekaterinburg dated March 5, 1920, in which he reported a considerable increase in food procurements in districts of the Urals and Siberia, complained that the central departments did not even reply to inquiries from the Siberian and Urals organisations, and asserted that only the establishment of regional centres with wide powers could put the work on a proper footing. On the text of the telegram Lenin wrote his remarks about the decision on Ishim Uyezd and the request that Brunovsky be kept for food work, and also about meat procurement in Siberia: = “1) Remains in Tyumen Gubernia.
“2) No objection to Brunovsky (for the Food Commissariat).
“3) The Food Commissariat has issued an order to organise salting centres.” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 413.)