Written: Written on October 20, 192t
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten text with additions in a secretary’s hand.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 348a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Under a decision of the Moscow Cheka Collegium, a case of red tape at the People’s Commissariat for Food (the case of Yakov Stepanovich Artyukhov) was referred to you.
Please have this important case tried as soon as possible and let me know the judgement.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
P.S. It is of exceptional importance—both from the Party and the political standpoint—especially in pursuance of the decision of the Eighth Congress of Soviets, to have the proceedings in the red tape case arranged with the greatest solemnity, making the trial educational, and the sentence sufficiently impressive.
 At the end of July, Y. S. Artyukhov, Head of the Planning Sub-Department of the Procurement Administration of the People’s Commissariat for Food, was sent a petition requesting a reduction of the tax in kind in two volosts of Novokamenka Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia, which had suffered from a fall of hail. Artyukhov did nothing about the petition until October 1921.
 Having discussed the question of improving the work of Soviet organs in the centre and in the localities, and the struggle against red tape, the Eighth Congress of Soviets (December 22–29, 1920) adopted a comprehensive decision on Soviet government organisation.