V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on January 20, 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 442a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Avanesov

The chief engineer of the Kashira project, G. D. Tsyurupa, reports shocking delays of cars in their dispatch from Moscow to Kashira. There is red tape at the People’s Commissariat for Railways.

With respect to the Kashira project, in view of its exceptional importance for the state, there are a number of the strictest directives on the extension of all kinds of assistance and binding all the departments to carry out assignments for the Kashira project with especial urgency and especial care.

Please appoint the strictest inquiry into these delays, to establish exactly who is to blame for the red tape, and be sure to institute legal proceedings against the guilty persons.

Carry out the inquiry in the most urgent manner. Communicate the results to Comrade Smolyaninov for reporting to me.[1]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] The case involving red tape in the movement of freights for the Kashira project was examined by a team of the People’s Commissariat for Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection. The guilty persons were tried by the Revolutionary Military Tribunal.

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