V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 4, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten text with Lenin’s additions and signature.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 322c-323.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Telegram Simbirsk, Astrakhan, Tsaritsyn, Saratov,
Samara, Ufa, Uralsk, Vyatka

Gubernia Sowing Committees: Marxstadt, Cheboksary,
Krasnokokshaisk, Astrakhan, Izhevsk

Regional Sowing Committees: Kazan, Orenburg, Sterlitamak

People’s Commissariat for Agriculture

Over the last month, you have stopped sending in any information on the progress of the sowing campaign and the combating of famine. The People’s Commissariat for Agriculture, at present engaged mainly in the work of overcoming the aftereffects of the crop failure, is more than in the past few months in need of regular and the fullest possible information about your activity and the actual state of agriculture in the gubernia. Accordingly, I categorically reaffirm earlier instructions on dates of information reports, and propose that you should raise the information apparatus up to the mark and, by way of urgent order, within 48 hours from the receipt of this telegram, telegraph the following information: 1) the approved area under winter crops; 2) the area under winter crops sown; 3) the number of dessiatines left for winter fallowing; 4) the quantity of seeds received under warrants from the centre and through commodity exchange; 5) the quantity of seeds actually distributed; 6) the distribution procedures; 7) measures taken to save livestock, results achieved; 8) measures taken to save dead stock, results achieved; 9) planned social activity, its implementation; 10) state of resettlement; 11) state of village committees, their participation in overall work. After telegram send special messenger with full report. The responsible leaders of gubernias failing to reply within the specified period will be subjected to disciplinary punishment.

On points 6 to 11 cable the shortest possible reply or the exact date of dispatch of a written reply.[2]

Chairman, Council of Labour and Defence[1]


[1] The telegram is also signed by N. Osinsky, Deputy People’s Commissar for Agriculture.—Ed.

[2] The last sentence of the text was written by Lenin.

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