V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written: 1st—November 19, 1920, 2nd—November 20, 1920
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 54c-55a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Request a report from the Supreme Economic Council on the electrification of Yaropolets Volost (or Yaropolets District), Volokolamsk Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia.[2]

Copper is the main thing.

Engineer Ringo, who is in charge of the Moscow Gubernia Electrical Department, favours the starting of local electrical fittings factories (for instance, Vishnyakov’s and Shamshin’s in Moscow), with the raw materials, incidentally, available at the warehouse in Raiovo (artillery depot of Moscow Gubernia, nine versts away from Moscow: millions of poods of copper brought together from various parts, especially Poland, during the war).

(Find Out about Ringo)

(1) assist electrification

(2) public education

(3) flax growing.


Keep secret, and give me a reminder when Kirillin from Yaropolets (Volokolamsk Uyezd) comes to see me.


[1] In a speech at a peasant meeting in the village of Yaropolets on November 14, 1920, Lenin dealt with some aspects of electrification in the area, improvement of public education and industrial development. A general meeting of the Electrotechnical Co-operative Society on November 18 was attended by representatives from 14 villages of Volokolamsk Uyezd, Yaropolets Volost. The meeting sent Lenin a letter requesting assistance: 1) in obtaining the necessary resources and materials to electrify Yaropolets Volost; 2) in assigning teachers to the area to improve public education and 3) in developing flax growing.

The first document was written by Lenin on November 19 after he had read the letter. That same day, he inquired about the quantity of non-ferrous metals in stock at Myza-Raiovo (Central Artillery Administration). The second document was written on the reply to his inquiry which he received on November 20.

[2] The report on the electrification of Yaropolets Volost, Volokolamsk Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia, was received by Lenin on November 29, 1920.

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