Dictated: Dictated by phone on August 17, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 256b-257a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The newspapers Izvestia and Pravda carried an item a few days ago about the unused resources of Kara-Bugaz. May I ask you to tell the author or to let him know through the newspaper, that it is very important for me to have detailed information both about how well the author is technically prepared for this matter, and about how long he had studied the question on the spot.
 A reference to Goldebayev’s article “Our Resources” (Pravda No. 178, August 13, 1921). In a reply letter to Lenin on August 20, 1S21, V. N. Ipatiev, Chief of the S.E.C.’s Chemical Industry Department, said that despite the vast raw material resources of the Gulf of Kara-Bugaz, their practical use was being made difficult because of the lack of water and the shortage of fuel and transport facilities in the area.
The commercial extraction of sodium sulphate was started in 1924. Today, the area has become a major source of mineral raw materials required for the chemical industry and other branches of the national economy. See also this volume, Document 410.