Written: Written on December 3, 1922
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 595b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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His request for a ship for the Azov Sea should be supported (I enclose his note).
I know N. M. Knipovich personally as an absolutely honest man. At one time, he was politically a Plekhanovite, before that and later, a non-factional Social-Democrat. His opinion can and must be regarded as being fully reliable. Knipovich has a thorough and scientific knowledge of the fishing industry: he has been studying it for 37 years.
 These are apparently extracts from two letters which have not been found. They must have been written in connection with Lenin’s talk on December 2, 1922, with Prof. N. M. Knipovich, head of the scientific and industrial expedition to the Azov Sea. Knipovich was requesting assistance in securing the ship Besstrashny for scientific exploration by the Central Administration of the Fishing Industry (Glavryba) under the People’s Commissariat for Food.
On December 15, 1922, the Narrow C.P.C. recognised that “it is fundamentally necessary to let Glavryba have the free use of the ship Besstrashny for the expedition”, and instructed the Budget Commission of the People’s Commissariat for Finance to review the question of allocating funds to Glavryba for the purpose.