V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 436b-437a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade I. N. Smirnov,

I am sending you for consideration the following points.[1] Drop me a line about them.


1. Attention to be paid to the rural poor of Siberia, who are to be supplied with food from the local requisition quotas.

2. Tar production to be organised in Siberia, enlisting the local Soviets and the population 

(local tar production).

3. The peasants obtain a pood of wheat and mill it into the finest flour, getting 18–20 pounds. It would be better to mill into simple flour, the peasants will agree to this.

4. Special attention to be paid to the village blacksmiths’ shops for repairs to agricultural machinery. Charcoal to be supplied to them.

Is it true that there have been instances in Siberia of butter being used to grease carts (instead of tar)?


26. IX. 20


[1] On September 17, 1920, Lenin had a talk with S. I. Poroskun, a member of the Moscow Bureau of the Siberian Revolutionary Committee, who had returned from Siberia, and made notes of the measures proposed by Poroskun for helping the Siberian peasantry (see Lenin Miscellany XXXV, p. 151). The results of this conversation and the measures proposed by Poroskun are reflected in this letter of Lenin’s to the Siberian Revolutionary Committee.

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