Written: Written on December 24, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 419b-420a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please let me have your own opinion, and collect that of all the responsible and influential Siberian comrades now here, about the peasant Yakovenko (I think he is chairman of the Kansk Uyezd Executive Committee, Yeniseisk Gubernia). The opinions should be as detailed as possible. They are for the purpose of discussing in the C.C. Yakovenko’s appointment as People’s Commissar for Agriculture.
Age? — About 40 years old.
Experience? — Direct experience in Soviet work.
Respect of peasantry? — Great.
Knowledge of economics? — Middle peasant, never had a very big farm.
Strength of mind? — Authoritative, firm.
Brains? — Intelligent, quick-witted.
Loyalty to the Soviet power? — Proved his loyalty both in the partisan period and after.
Will you do this fast and properly.
 See Document 554 of this volume.—Ed.
 In brevier are Yaroslavsky’s replies which he wrote into the typed copy of the published letter.—Ed.