Written: Written on November 12, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 50a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please inform me at once about your conclusion on Baryshnikov’s invention of a sole leather substitute, and what you are doing about it if you have found the invention useful.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Written in connection with a letter seat to Lenin on November 7, 1920, by Y. G. Parfyonov, extraordinary and plenipotentiary Uyezd Commissar for Food of the Tambov Gubernia Executive Committee, who said that engineer A. A. Baryshnikov’s invention was not being tested fast enough and asked Lenin to issue instructions to have it applied in production as soon as possible.
On November 19, 1920, Lenin received a reply to his inquiry (see next document) which stated that the Inventions Committee of the Scientific and Technical Department of the Supreme Economic Council had examined Baryshnikov’s application submitted to the Committee on September 15, and had on September 30 issued to him a claim certificate. The Committee said Baryshnikov’s invention differed little from earlier ones, while the quality of the leather was to be ascertained by means of tests; the initial tests carried out by the Central Administration of the Leather Industry (Glavkozha) had been unfavourable, and Baryshnikov was working to improve his invention. The final conclusion would be drawn as a result of further tests.