V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 30, 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 319b-320a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Krasikov, Deputy People’s Commissar for Justice

On September 3, I sent to Comrade Kursky, his deputy and all members of the Collegium my letter No. 809,[1] in which I set them the binding assignment to stage the trial in Moscow of four or six cases of Moscow red tape, this autumn and in the winter of 1921–22, selecting the most “striking” cases and turning, each trial into a political affair.

I enclose here a report from the chairman of a Centrosoyuz special commission for aid to the starving, Comrade Khinchuk, in which he says that the Centrosoyuz assignment to deal with the procurement of seeds was frustrated only because of red tape in the central establishments. This is a sufficiently “striking” case. I propose that you appoint an inquiry. Inform me weekly in writing through Comrade Gorbunov about the results of the inquiry.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars

P. S. Please arrange beforehand with Comrade Gorbunov about the composition of the commission (or person) to be   appointed (rather whom you intend to appoint) to carry out the inquiry.[2]



[1] See present edition, Vol. 35, Document 298.—Ed.

[2] The P.S. to the typewritten text is in Lenin’s hand.

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