V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 13, 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 335b-336a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To All Gubernia, District, Regional and Railway Timber Committees, to All Gubernia Cheka (Copies to the All-Russia Cheka and to Comrade Avanesov, Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection)

Despite constant reminders from the Central Administration of the Timber Industry, the timber committees continue to delay their progress reports, or are submitting   them incomplete or drawn up in the wrong form. It is high, time that everyone should understand that the absence of precise information on the replenishment of the firewood and material stock greatly hampers the centre’s planning and distribution work, and has a grave effect on every branch of the national economy, because wood fuel is the basis for the operation of all state industry and the railways, while timber, apart from meeting the country’s acute domestic needs, serves as a real basis for our foreign trade, without which the economic revival of the Republic is impossible. This is a categorical order to all timber committees at once to regulate their reports on the stocking, carting out and delivery of firewood, charcoal and timber; all gubernia Cheka must see to the precise observance of the deadlines and forms laid down by the C.A.T.I. Under the personal responsibility of all timber committee chairmen I demand precise and speedy replies with a list of all those personally responsible for the submission of reports.[2]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars[1]


[1] The telegram is also signed by V. A. Trifonov, deputy chief of the Central Fuel Administration and K. Kh. Danishevsky, chief of the C.A.T.I.—Ed.

[2] The last sentence was written by Lenin.

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