V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 381a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov:

It is absolutely wrong on your part to put before me such an important paper on 17/XI (!!) with such an empty note.

It should have been brought before the C.L.D.!

You are responsible if a mistake has been made because of Avanesov’s departure and if neither you nor Smolyaninov had made timely contact either with Ivan Nikitich Smirnov (which is easily done: he is in Petrograd) or with Chutskayev. It is your fault.

Why is it that some Krasinsky is hustling, while Smolyaninov and you are doing nothing?[1]



[1] A reference to a letter sent to Lenin by G. D. Krasinsky, special agent of the People’s Commissariat for Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection for Siberia and the Urals, on December 16, 1921, arguing that the C.L.D. decision of November 11 was not appropriate. It was a decision to transfer for temporary exploitation an unfinished railway line between Kolchugino and the Prokopyevsk mines from the Siberian Public Works Committee to the People’s Commissariat for Railways.

That same day, November 21, the C.L.D. reaffirmed its decision and instructed N. P. Gorbunov to “send the Siberian Revolutionary Committee and the Siberian Railway District a direct wire notification that the C.L.D. decision of 11/XI should be implemented at once” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee). See Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Document 60.

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