First published on January 21, 1931 in Pravda No. 21 and Za Industrializatsiyu No. 21.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 436a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am sending you G. D. Tsyurupa’s reports.
This is shocking red tape.
The work of the People’s Commissariat for Railways is wretched.
And to think that this is for Kashira, an establishment of exceptional importance! An establishment about which there is a special Politbureau directive, concerning the obligatory nature of all sorts of pressure and acceleration! And to think that this should happen after dozens of telegrams, etc., from me about Kashira!
What, in that case, happens to the ordinary freight? Apparently something quite crazy!
I propose to you:
1) to start proceedings for red tape, and take the case all the way to the strictest punishment;
2) put pressure on the P.C.R. and, apart from the trial, secure measures for enhancing responsibility and improving the work.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 See Document 595 of this volume and Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Document 218.—Ed.