V. I.   Lenin


To:   N. A. SEMASHKO[1]

Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 298c-299a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Semashko:

I have been receiving more and more indications about the abominable state of our health resorts in the Crimea and the Caucasus: bribe-taking, privileges for the bourgeois   and disgusting attitude to the workers, and, what is important, total disorder in the treatment, and what is most important, complete lack of supplies.

Please let me have exact information, whatever you have on hand, at once.

And then let me know in greater detail about the modes of checking up: how many health resorts (out of how many?) submit correct reports (quantities of foodstuffs for the number of patients? for the number of personnel, etc.?)— the number of baths (mud baths), etc.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] Lenin wrote a letter to N. A. Semashko in connection with the report about the atrocious state of the Crimean health resorts, which he bad received from Margarita Fofanova (who was on an All-Russia C.E.C. commission sent to the Crimea by the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture). In a reply to Lenin on September 15, Semashko set out the measures being taken by the People’s Commissariat for Health to improve the work of health resorts in the Crimea and the Caucasus.

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