Instruction to People's Commissariats, March 10, 1920

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 10 March 1920


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First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 355b.

On March 10, 1920, Lenin received V. S. Smirnov (Malkov) and M. Z. Manuilsky, representatives of Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia, and A. S. Kiselyov, a member of the CEC (in the past a leading member of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Party organisation). In accordance with a decision of the Gubernia Party Committee of March 6, they asked Lenin to increase the supply of food to Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia, to remove the intercepting detachments in Yuriev-Polsky Uyezd, Vladimir Gubernia, to include it in Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia and to provide Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia at first open water with ships and barges for transporting foodstuffs, seed, etc. On the same day the Council of Defence discussed a report by A. B. Khalatov, a member of the Board of the People’s Commissariat for Food, concerning the supply of food for Ivanovo-Voznesensk workers, and the question of joining Yuriev-Polsky Uyezd to Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia. The Council of Defence resolved: “That the Chief Board of Water Transport be instructed to take urgent measures to supply the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia Food Committee with tonnage to the amount of 400,000 poods for urgent delivery of seed potatoes from the Simbirsk, Kazan and Yaroslavl gubernias.” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 414.)

10. III. 1920

In view of the catastrophically serious food position of the workers of Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia, please organise for today a meeting of representatives of the

Food Commissariat

Commissariat for Agriculture

Commissariat for Railways

Chief Board of Water Transport

Central Committee of Textile Industry

Commissariat for Labour.

Comrade Kiselyov, member of the Presidium of the CEC, has agreed to convene the commission.

The commission’s terms of reference: to discuss the proposals of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia Party Committee dated 6/111 and to work out emergency relief measures. Report on fulfilment to be given to the CPC by Saturday.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

Chairman, CPC