Written: Written in March, not earlier than 24, 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, pages 362c-363a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The following desperate position of factories has been brought to my notice:
Works Management No. 6 of Kaluga Gubernia, the Troitsk– Kondrovo and Polotnyany factories, formerly V. Howard and Goncharov Co.
Howardovo station, Syzran-Vyazma railway, and Polotnyany Zavod station.
Workers approximately .... 2,500–3,000 Office workers ................... 200 persons Mouths ......................... 12,000 ”
On February 28 this year militarised.
In December assigned Red Army rations. They are receiving nothing.
Please think of some kind of special instruction for food to be issued to them and send me your reply.
 Underlined by Lenin.—Ed.