V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 27, 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 311c-313a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To All Territorial, Gubernia and Uyezd Economic Councils,
Regional, Gubernia and Uyezd Party Committees,
Gubernia and Uyezd Executive Committees,
Gubernia and Railway Timber Committees
and to, All Railways Superintendents

The season for hauling the firewood from the woods is   nearing its end. Within two or three weeks, the autumn slush and total lack of roads will halt the transportation of the stockpiled fuel from the forests until the sleigh-roads can be used. Meanwhile, the quantity of firewood available at the railway lines at present and that to be brought out under the plan of the Chief Timber Committee in the brief period of transportation remaining fall very far short of the quantity required for the normal operation of transport. There is a threat of complete stoppage on the most important railway lines.

To prevent a possible transport disaster, the C.L.D. hereby orders that, beginning from October 1, a three-week fuel transportation drive should be announced involving the mobilisation for this period of all facilities and means for the haulage of fuel to the railway lines, and attaching to this work the same importance as to the collection of the tax in kind.

Call at once a meeting of the economic conference, with the participation of railway representatives, to adopt all measures to secure the maximum transportation of firewood over and above the established targets, in an effort to increase the transportation to double the set targets, keeping the consumption of fodder strictly in accordance with warrants simultaneously dispatched, in no case allowing departures from these warrants. Notify the C.L.D. at once about the measures taken.

Among the railways in the most disastrous state are the Kazan, North-Western, South-Western, Kiev-Voronezh, Nikolayevskaya, and the railways in Siberia. That is why, all energy, resources and facilities must be strained to the utmost in the gubernias through which these key railway lines run, in order to achieve the maximum results.

Vigorous execution is hereby declared to be the personal responsibility of chairmen of the gubernia executive committees, chairmen of the gubernia timber committees, and chairmen of the gubernia Cheka, in accordance with Soviet and Party procedures.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.L.D.[1]

I propose that this should be co-ordinated by phone at once, to give us time to get this also by phone through the Politbureau and the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C. tomorrow, 28.IX.




[1] This is followed by the signatures of M. I. Kalinin, Chairman of the All-Russia C.E.C., and V. M. Molotov, Secretary of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C.—Ed.

[2] The draft telegram was heavily edited by Lenin: he altered the date of the start of the three-week fuel drive from September 25 to October 1; instead of “increase the transportation by 100 per cent” he wrote: “increase the transportation to double the set targets”; and wrote the final paragraph about the personal responsibility.

Appended to the telegram is a list of a telephone poll on September 27, 1921, on which the secretary marked off the votes of I. T. Smilga, E. M. Sklyansky, N. B. Eismont, M. I. Frumkin, A. A. Andreyev, L. B. Kamenev, A. M. Anikst, V. M. Molotov, J. V. Stalin, L. D. Trotsky, A. S. Yenukidze (for the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C.) and V. A. Avanesov.

The telegram was published in Izvestia VTslK No. 219, on October 1, 1921. See also Lenin Miscellany XXIII, p. 101.

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