Letter to Alexander Tsiurupa, January, Not earlier than 14, 1919

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 14 January 1919

Written in January, not earlier than 14, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 188b.

Lenin’s directives to Tsyurupa were written on the memorandum of the Education Commissariat’s Inter-Departmental Commission for the Purchase of Food for the Children of Moscow and Petrograd. The memorandum outlined measures for the better food provision of the children, specifically, the organisation and holding of a Starving Children’s Week for obtaining produce in rural localities in exchange for commodities, and for delivery of this produce to the towns.


In any case we must prepare for, announce and hold Starving Children’s Week.

Perhaps it should be combined with grain requisitioning and a special mobilisation of the Poor Peasants’ Committees.

Perhaps something more could be done for the children?

It should be.

I enclose this about meat: please return it to me as quickly as possible with the Food Commissariat’s brief comment.[1]

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