First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 140b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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22. VIII. 1918
Copy to Minkin
I do not understand how Minkin could refuse to carry out decisions of the majority of the Gubernia Committee  I hope this is only a misunderstanding. I insist that at a critical time of war all should work together harmoniously with the greatest determination, submitting to the majority, and that conflicts should be referred to the Central Committee without interrupting the work.
 In a telegram to Lenin received on the night of August 21, 1918. S. S. Turlo, Deputy Chairman of the Penza Gubernia Party Committee, A. M. Buzdes, member of the Gubernia Committee, and secretary F. V. Veselovskaya, reported on a meeting of the Gubernia Committee called in connection with Lenin’s telegram of August 19 (see this volume, Document 158). At the meeting, in reply to a decision of members of the Gubernia Committee to send a food official and 50 Lettish Red Army men to suppress the uprising of the kulaks and to confiscate their grain, A. Y. Minkin, Chairman of the Gubernia Executive Committee, declared that he refused to carry out the decision.