V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on May 23, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 152b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Fotieva:

You are clearly to blame for this business of the Shatura (No. 3 in folder).

Received on 14 / IV.

Today is 23 / V.

You have pickled it, without giving a reminder either to me or to Smolyaninov.

We can’t have that sort of thing.

There must be no pickling. You must either read things yourself or ask Smolyaninov or Gorbunov to do so.

Please pass on this assignment to Smolyaninov now, using one of my letterheads:

α) verify at once whether anything has been done (by phone).

β) If not, at once set the thing going officially, letting me sign the business papers,

aa) dissolution of the “Politbureaus”,

bb) issue of 2(-4?) boilers (-?), etc.[1]

23/V. Lenin


[1] On May 24, 1921, V. A. Smolyaninov, on Lenin’s instructions, sent a telephone message to I. S. Unschlicht and a letter to V. M. Molotov at the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee requesting speedier examination of the question of the “Politbureau” at the Shatura construction site.

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