First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 261b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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8. VII. 1919
To the Nizhni-Novgorod Gubernia Executive Committee
for dispatch to the Sormovo military and civil authorities
Please arrange immediately, through reliable Communists known personally, a strict and absolutely impartial
—verification of the enclosed application;
—draw up an exact, factual description of how many houses, apartments and rooms are occupied (by what number of persons) by office workers and higher technical personnel;
—what factory building is being requested for a children’s home and which one it is possible to give;
—verify exactly who was to have had charge of this, the names of the responsible persons, their addresses, as well as of those who will carry out the investigation.
Report fulfilment to me immediately by post or messenger.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of Defence
 On July 3, 1919, the Bureau of the Women’s Organisation in Sormovo requested N. K. Krupskaya, who had come to Sormovo, to help obtain a building from the Sormovo Works Management for a children’s home. Housing belonging to the works could be made over to other institutions only by an order of the Council of Defence; hence the application of the Sormovo Women’s Organisation was forwarded to Lenin. Lenin’s directive was considered at a meeting of the Presidium of the Sormovo Soviet on July 18. The matter was referred for a final decision to the Presidium of the Nizhni-Novgorod Gubernia Executive Committee, which decided to meet the request of the Sormovo Women’s Organisation.