First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 427b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Podolsk Uyezd Food Committee
Copy to Podolsk Uyezd Executive Committee
The following petition has reached me directly.
I can testify that Bogdanovo village (popularly known as Bogdanikha) is very bad off for food. Will you therefore please examine their petition without delay, and alleviate their position as much as you can, i.e., by reducing their requisition quota as far as possible.
Please notify me of your decision both in writing and by telephone message.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 According to the reminiscences of Lenin’s chauffeur, S. K. Gil, the peasants handed their petition to Lenin on September 5, 1920, during a halt in the village of Bogdanovo when he was out hunting. The peasants complained that the local village Soviet had requisitioned from the poor peasants all their grain and seed corn, grossly distorting the policy of the Party and the government.
Lenin followed up this petition the very next day; an investigation was made and the guilty persons were severely punished.