Letter to Alexey Svidersky or Alexander Tsiurupa, June 23, 1919

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 23 June 1919

First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 258b.

To Svidersky (or Tsyurupa): You must seize at it with both hands. Send the food army there + food supply workers.

Start an agitation among the starving workers: to the Belaya for 5 million poods. Reply what you are doing.[1]


  1. On June 23, 1919, Lenin received a telegram from the River Transport Administration Committee, reporting the existence of large stocks of grain on the Belaya River and the need to expedite its dispatch.
    In reply to Lenin’s inquiry, Svidersky reported that, in order to expedite grain procurements on the Belaya River and in Ufa Gubernia in general, M. I. Frumkin, a member of the Board of the People’s Commissariat for Food, had gone there from Samara, and that measures would be taken to send food army men to the Belaya.