V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 315b-316a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov:

This business of Kara-Bugaz must be clarified. If you are too busy, you may put this off for a few days, but not more.

Lacis insists in Pravda of 29.IX that it is a “Gold Mine”.[2] Take at the C.P.C. Secretariat my recent correspondence[1] with Professor Ipatiev (member of the S.E.C. Collegium), a specialist and the head of our chemical industry.

His answer to me was: can’t be started at present.

Is it the Central Salt Administration that is making a mistake or someone else?

Do you think that we should take a look at the Administration’s data to see how solid they are, or do something else?

Find out and let me know.



[1] See Document 321 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] The article by M. I. Lacis, Chairman of the Central Salt Administration, entitled “A Gold Mine”, spoke of the importance of Kara-Bugaz, which could yield Glauber’s salt as a major export item. He estimated that it would take 1,500 million rubles in capital investment which would be speedily recouped.

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