V. I.   Lenin



Comrade Potyaev
(and Comrade Avanesov)

Written: Written on July 24, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 223b-224a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Potyaev:

I am sure you have read this already?[1] Have a look at my remarks and send at once (this very day) to Avanesov.

You should arrange a short conference with Avanesov on Monday or Tuesday, interrogate the accused ((Nepryakhin and someone from the leading workers at the All-Russia Central T.U.C.)), and have them (both accused) give short depositions in writing and introduce in the C.L.D. on Wednesday, 27/VII.

1) Severe reprimand and, I think, personal arrest for Nepryakhin and the person from the All-Russia Central T.U.C. guilty of red tape, mismanagement, and breach of the C.L.D. order.

2) A number of precise proposals, practical and businesslike, to expedite the shipment of fish, and to assure the success of the autumn fishing in Astrakhan district.


With communist greetings,


[1] A reference to the report, “The Present Slate and the Immediate Prospects of the Astrakhan State Fishing industry”, given on June 16, 1921, by I. P. Babkin, the C.L.D. agent for the fishing season in Astrakhan.

For Lenin’s remarks and markings on Babkin’s report see Lenin Miscellany XX, pp. 293–98.

On July 27, 1921, the C.L.D. adopted its decision, “On Measures to Improve the Fishing Industry and Transportation of Fish”, which also established the forms of relations between the Central Administration of the Fishing Industry and the People’s Commissariat for Food.

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