Certificate to A.R Shaposhnikov, March 22, 1921

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This is to certify that Alexei Romanovich Shaposhnikov, peasant of Beketovo Village, Bulgakovo Volost, Ufa Uyezd, Ufa Gubernia, was summoned by me to Moscow for discussion of and consultation on an important matter relating to the peasant economy.[1]

In his explanations and replies, citizen A. R. Shaposhnikov has been honest and scrupulous.

All Soviet authorities of the RSFSR are hereby requested to help citizen A. R. Shaposhnikov in every possible way to return to peaceful labour in his domicile.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)[2]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars

  1. In connection with preparations to switch from the surplus-food requisitioning to the tax in kind, Lenin was collecting and studying peasant opinion on ways to boost agriculture. In early March 1921, on his invitation, Moscow was visited by peasants A. R. Shaposhnikov, T. G. Kondrov and I. G. Kondrov, who had talks with Lenin, M. I. Kalinin and A. D. Tsyurupa, and attended a sitting of the All-Russia CEC which approved the substitution of the tax in kind for surplus-food requisitioning. Upon their return home, the peasants reported on their trip and meeting with Lenin to the gubernia non-Party peasant conference at Ufa. The conference sent Tsyurupa a telegram declaring that they “noted with satisfaction the promulgation of new land tenure laws” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the CPSU Central Committee).
  2. The certificate is also signed by G.P.C. secretary Lydia Fotieva.—Ed.