V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on January 6, 1921
Published: First published in 1945  in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 68b-69a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov:

All of this is from the village of Modenovo (p.t.o.). Examine this and help them. They are asking for a reduction of their surplus-products deliveries (p.t.o.). Inquire at the People’s Commissariat for Food and let me know.[2]

{ The comrade with whom I spoke is a member of the Volost Labour Committee, Pyotr Kozlov[1]


The village of Modenovo, Bogorodsk Volost, Vereya Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia.

They have fulfilled these surplus-products deliveries:

hay 2000–200 straw 200—200 spring straw 110——

  corn 244–43 Delivered voluntarily... oats 540–19 potatoes 115 (circ.)—115 poultry in full eggs in full meat 78 poods—78 poods

Request: reduce the obligatory deliveries of hay and corn (fearful of detachments).


[1] Lenin wrote the whole note on the envelope of the letter he received. The text that follows is written on the other side of the envelope.—Ed.

[2] At the invitation of peasants from the village of Modenovo, Bogorodsk Volost, Vereya Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia, Lenin gave a report on the current situation at a meeting of the inhabitants of the villages of Modenovo, Shalikovo and others, on December 15, 1920. At their request, Lenin signed a record of the minutes. When the peasants complained about their excessive quotas in the delivery of surplus corn and hay, Lenin said that he was unable to decide the matter on the spot and asked them to send a representative to Moscow.

In fulfilment, of an assignment from Lenin, N. P. Gorbunov got the actual condition of the peasants in the village of Modenovo thoroughly verified, and on March 5, 1921, their deliveries were cancelled. Before this decision had been taken, a general meeting of Modenovo peasants on January 29, 1921, discussed the matter of surplus deliveries and decided that the quotas could not be met in full. They added: “Realising the critical state of the country, however, we have decided to help with food and fodder, reducing our own stocks to the bare minimum. In addition   to our earlier fulfilled quotas, we have decided to add 3 poods of rye, 10 poods of oats, 31 poods of potatoes and 24 poods of hay” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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