Vladimir Ilyich Lenin



Published: First published in Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn No. 17, January 21, 1925. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 551.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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April 6, 1922

G. M.,

Yesterday Martens[1] told me that the existence of an unheard-of wealth of iron deposits in Kursk Gubernia has been “proved” (you said “nearly”).

If that is so, should we not already this spring

(1) put down the necessary narrow-gauge lines there?

(2) Prepare the nearest peatbog (or bogs?) for exploitation, so that an electric power station can be put up there?

If this does not seem to yon unnecessary, write to Martens about it (and two words to me).

Martens wants to go there in three weeks’ time. I have written to Rykov and Tsyurupa that be should also be given an engineer from the State Planning Commission.

This business must be pushed ahead with particular energy. I am very much afraid that without triple checks it will go to sleep. When I leave, don’t forget that Rykov and Tsyurupa have my letter about it.



[1] Martens, L. K. (1875–1948)—Communist, technological engineer. In 1921 he was member of the Presidium of the Supreme Economic Council.

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