First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 88c-89a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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In view of the reports sent in to the Central Oil Administration on the question of the flooding of oil wells and the consequent threat of disaster, please let me have today, if possible, any material you may have at hand (books, magazines, reports, etc.) on foreign laws or local regulations penalising oil industrialists for leaving wells uncovered, failing to provide cementation, its faulty application, etc.
Let me have either the laws themselves, or, if these are not immediately available, references to the corresponding books or magazine articles or handbooks, so that I could get them from the library.
Please reply by telephone today.
 Written in connection with the fact that on February 19, 1921, L. B. Krasin submitted a report to Lenin entitled “Concessions for the Working of Oil in Baku and Grozny, and the Attitude to This Question of the Central Oil Administration”. For details see this volume, Documents 95, 104, 105 and 112, and also present edition, Vol. 32, pp. 134–35.