V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 179b-180a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Radchenko:

Don’t pick on Gidrotorf. This business has been recognised by law as being of exceptional importance.[1]

Glavtorf must carry through this law for more than formal reasons.

This is a great invention. We should learn to deal with the inventors, even when they fret a little.

In this case I see no fretting for the time being.

Kirpichnikov is an inventor. He should be allowed to go and sent. Objections could arise only from the political side: If you have any, let me know them in confidence.

If you have none, be sure to send Kirpichnikov.

I am very well aware and highly value your services in setting up Glavtorf. You have set it up on model lines. I earnestly request you: do not make a mistake, do not pick on Gidrotorf.



[1] On October 30, 1920, the C.P.C. adopted its decision, “On the Hydraulic Method of Peat Extraction”, which qualified this method as of especial urgency and exceptional slate importance, wherever it was being applied. The S.E.C. Presidium was instructed to organise under the Central Peat Administration (Glavtorf) an Administration for Hydraulic Peat Extraction (Gidrotorf), with R. E. Klasson appointed as head.

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