Written: Written on October 21, 1920
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 453b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please go into this matter as quickly as possible. It is evident from the enclosed that the instruction of the Food Commissariat (of the centre) puts these products at the disposal of the Commission for Improving Scientists’ Living Conditions. Hence, without the consent of the centre, Petrograd has no right to requisition them or take them into account!
 Lenin wrote this note to the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars on a letter from Maxim Gorky. In view of the fact that the Petrograd Commune was proposing to requisition the products which had been supplied by permission of the People’s Commissariat for Food to the Petrograd Commission for Improving Scientists’ Living Conditions, Maxim Gorky, Chairman of the Commission, asked the Council of People’s Commissars to pass a decision stating: “Products supplied by gubernia food committees, with the permission of the People’s Commissariat for Food, to the Petrograd Commission for Improving Scientists’ Living Conditions are not to be requisitioned by the Petrograd Commune nor to be counted by the latter as part of the ration quota endorsed by the Council of People’s Commissars, for Petrograd scientists.” __PRINTERS_P_999_COMMENT__ p. 453