V. I.   Lenin


To:   A. M. ANIKST

Published: First published in 1933 in the book, A. M. Anikst, Vospominaniya o Vladimire Ilyiche (Reminiscences of Vladimir Ilyich), Moscow. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 51c-52a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Anikst

In view of the statement by Comrade Korolyov, Chairman of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia Executive Committee, concerning the non-fulfilment of the C.L.D. decision of 5--X–20,[1] and in view of the extreme importance of the uninterrupted running of the textile mills in Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia, which in six months can produce 2.88 million 60-arshin piece-goods, i.e., 172.8 million arshins—I hereby instruct you to organise not later than   tomorrow, 16-XI-20, under your chairmanship, a conference consisting of Comrade Korolyov and representatives: on matters relating to each department respectively from the People’s Commissariat for Food Central Fuel Administration Central Oil Administration Central Peat Administration People’s Commissariat for Defence People’s Commissariat for Finance People’s Commissariat for Railways

on the various questions raised by the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia Executive Committee, to work out precise -4 decisions and to submit them to me for signature or to the C.L.D. at 6.00 p.m. sharp on Wednesday, 17–XI–20.[2]


Chairman, Council of Labour and Defence


[1] A reference to the decision, “On fuel and food supplies to tie factories being restarted in Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia, included in the shock group of textile enterprises”, which was adopted on Lenin’s report by the Council of Labour and Defence on October 1, 1920. G. K. Korolyov’s report erroneously gave the date as October 5.

[2] The letter was sent out by Lenin after his talk with G. K. Korolyov, Chairman of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia Executive Committee, who had been despatched to Moscow in connection with the food crisis in the gubernia, the stoppage of fuel supply for shock textile mills and delays in wage payments to workers. On November 15, 1920, Korolyov told Lenin about the gubernia’s hardships and submitted a report listing the necessary measures to overcome them.

On November 16, the C.P.C., on the report of a commission appointed by Lenin, adopted a decision on the supply of money and food to the workers of Ivanovo-Voznesensk. The following day, November 17, the Council of Labour and Defence, on the strength of a report by the same commission, adopted a resolution on the supply of food and fuel to Ivanovo-Voznesensk. On the   of the Collected Works.

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