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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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”. Take at the C.P.C. Secretariat my recent correspondence 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.
 See Document 321 of this volume.—Ed.
 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.