Written: Written on May 20, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 232b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Gubernia Executive Committee
Copy to the Extraordinary Commission
Copy to the Gubernia Commissar for Food
Apparently, Bulatov has been arrested for complaining to me. I warn you that I shall have the chairmen of the Gubernia Executive Committee and Extraordinary Commission, and the members of the Executive Committee arrested for this and will insist on their being shot. Why did you not reply at once to my inquiry?
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 The occasion for Lenin’s telegram was the receipt on May 20, 1919, at 7.10 p.m., of a telegram addressed to him, which reported that on their arrival in Novgorod, after having been received by Lenin, the Chairman of the Artel Association, A. A. Bulatov, and the Manager of the Instructors’ Department, Lyubimov, had been arrested.
Lenin wrote the following note on the telegram he had received: “File for handy reference. Reply sent 20/V.”
The inquiry mentioned by Lenin was made on May 13, 1919 (see Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50, Document 567).