First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 151b-152a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Iv. Iv. Radchenko, Central Peat Administration from Lenin
Here is an example of how you ignore my advice.
You sent in the papers on Shatura, in a great sheaf, On 14/IV. There were no clear-cut proposals written out separately.
I was busy and was not able to read them; they were pickled until 23/V.
All this while you kept silent!
This is outrageous!
You should have appended two papers:
a) We request the closure of the “Politbureaus”, because they are utterly useless (five lines). Adding that the documents had been sent to Lenin.
b) We request that the telegram (or the telephone message) should be signed: Why the 2 (4) boilers have not been issued, give reasons, do not allow red tape. Lenin.
Then, both these papers in copies to Fotieva, for her to give me a reminder.
Then we should have something done, and I might have signed them on 15 or 16/IV.
That is the only practice to follow in future.
It is not hard to enclose two or three papers containing five lines each, with copies to Fotieva. You must draw the business conclusions yourself, instead of making me extract five lines of business conclusions from dozens of pages.
Read this out to Winter and send me his and your receipts stating that both of you have understood these instructions and will act on them.
 “Politbureaus”—uyezd organs of the All-Russia Extraordinary Commission; in this case, a reference to such a body at the Shatura construction site.—Ed.