V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 384b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Stalin and Comrade Unschlicht:

I was handed the enclosed by Comrade Kiselyov.[1] This is the scandalous way we handle our leases.

The inventory is fictitious, like this one. Or there is none at all.

A host of the most valuable goods—fabrics, machines, belts, etc., etc.—is being stolen by the lessees, and by the reception and delivery men. I wrote about this to Unschlicht before.

Perhaps we should call some highly reliable men for a secret conference on measures of combating this?

(a) Detection of several cases and shooting;

(b) working out of additional instructions;

(c) ditto—measures of verification

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] A reference to the following material: a copy of a letter from the Moscow Production Administration to Mostextil of October 15, 1921 (see Note 432), “Inventory of structures and equipment of Mostextil Znamensk Textile Mill No. 115 as of November 15, 1921”, and “Inventory of finished goods, raw materials, components and semi-finished products as of November 15, 1921, at Mostextil Znamensk Textile Mill No. 115”.

[2] For J. V. Stalin’s reply to this letter see Lenin Miscellany XXXIV, p. 427.

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