Written: Written on May 31, 1921
Published: First published in part in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 52. Printed from a typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 169b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copy: Secretariat of the Council of Labour and Defence
In confirmation of the instructions telephoned by the C.P.C. business manager to Comrade Nikolayev, member of the Collegium of the People’s Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs, I propose that a report should be given in the Council of Labour and Defence on Wednesday, June 1, on the time-table for the first section of the radio-telephone construction (i.e., installation of the radio-telephone receivers in gubernia and uyezd centres over an area with a radius of 2,000 versts around Moscow), and that the agenda for the same day should include all the matters connected with the radio-telephone construction, namely: transfer of former Anosov workshop to the People’s Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs, supply of radio-telephone works with bank-notes directly from the centre, etc.
The People’s Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs is requested to determine precisely the man who will bear personal responsibility for the timely fulfilment of all the radio-telephone construction programme now being submitted for approval by the C.L.D.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 On June 3, 1921, the Council of Labour and Defence decided to issue to the People’s Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs five million rubles for the technical facilities required to run a broadcast newspaper with the aid of loudspeaker telephones in six Moscow squares.
By its decisions of June 24 and July 6, 1921, the C.L.D. put the duty on the People’s Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs to build, by March 1, 1922, four radio telephone transmission stations (Moscow—Tashkent—Kharkov—Novonikolsk) and 280 gubernia and uyezd receiving stations within 2,000 kilometres around Moscow.