First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 378a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I have been informed by absolutely honest people who have been to the Crimea that everyone there is stealing wine. They say the situation is utterly scandalous, there is bribe-taking and hard drinking. You are responsible for a full and impartial check-up. By the way; the controversial issue between the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and the People’s Commissariat for Public Health about whether wine should be sold abroad (I think that this should be done and fast) or left for the hospitals. You must collect all the facts on this question quickly. If there is anything urgent, cable me directly. I shall expect very short dispatches weekly.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 A C.L.D. decision of November 4, 1921, confirmed V. I. Samarin as special agent for dispatch to the Crimea to put a stop to the stealing of wine and to organise its strict accounting.