Written: Written on April 18, 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 213b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Will you please institute a very strict investigation.
 The instruction to Dzerzhinsky was written by Lenin on the copy of a letter forwarded to him by the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture. The letter was from N. D. Gorelov and P. I. Novikov, representatives of the peasants of Pochep Uyezd, Chernigov Gubernia, who had come to Moscow with a complaint about the abuses practised by the local authorities and had been received by Lenin. They wrote that on their return homo they had been subjected to persecution and even arrested.