Written: Written on August 31, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 273b-274a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Engineer Robert Eduardovich Klasson
Gidrotorf, 11 Sadovniki
Copies: Smolyaninov, I. I. Radchenko, Krasin, and Gosplan Presidium
I have received and read your report of August 31. If the news you report that you have fully solved the problem of the industrial dehydration of peat is quite true, this is of tremendous importance. It is necessary at once to carry out a check-up or a technical expertise and then to settle the question of allocating to you the requested foodstuffs and foreign currency. You must let us know how much food and foreign currency you are requesting.
I am surprised at your communication that the powers conferred upon you by the C.P.C. had been withdrawn long ago, because no one could have done that.
Please arrange a conference with the participation of Comrade Radchenko, a representative of the State Planning Commission, Smolyaninov and Krasin. Since Krasin is leaving on September 7, it is desirable to have things finished before he goes. The assignment to the conference is to take measures to verify your report and to determine the amount of foodstuffs and foreign currency to be issued, together with the terms of issue.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 A commission consisting of representatives of the State Planning Commission, the Central Peat Administration and the Administration for Hydraulic Peat Extraction met on September 7, 1921, with L. B. Krasin in the chair, to discuss the report about the new way of extracting peat, and adopted a number of measures to promote this work. Having acquainted himself with the commission’s material on September 11, Lenin instructed N. P. Gorbunov to establish regular supervision over the execution of the decisions (see this volume, Document 378).