Written: Written on April 9, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the typewritten text amended and signed by V. I. Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, pages 484-485.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Anatoly Vasilyevich Lunacharsky
Copy to the Central Peat Board
In order to expand the output of peat, there must be a large-scade development of propaganda—leaflets, pamphlets, mobile exhibitions, films, publication of textbooks; teaching about the peat industry to be introduced as a compulsory subject in schools and higher technical colleges; textbooks must be written; study groups must be sent abroad annually.
Specifically it is necessary (1) to instruct the State Publishing House to print by April 15, 100,000 copies of Peat, a pamphlet of 1 1/2 signatures, delivered by the Central Peat Board on February 8 this year to Comrade Mordvinkin at the Agitation Department, and to accept from the Central Peat Board another three pamphlets and leaflets, for publication by May 1; 15,000 copies of the pamphlets to be issued to the Central Peat Board for distribution.
(2) To instruct the Film Department to make 12 films in the course of May—under the direction of the Central Peat Board—showing how peat is secured (for Russia, the Ukraine, the Urals, Byelorussia and Siberia).
(3) To instruct the Central Board for Vocational Training to draw up by June 1, together with the Central Peat Board, a draft course of compulsory lessons in schools and higher educational establishments on the peat industry.
Please send me copies of your instructions, and the replies of the institutions and persons concerned, with an indication of the dates.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars