First published in part in 1826 in the book, I. K. Yeroshkin and A. F. Khavin, Solepromyshlennost i soletorgovlya SSSR (Salt Industry and Trade of the USSR), Moscow-Leningrad.
Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 52.
Printed from a typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 145b-146a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copies to Comrades Petrovsky and Rakovsky
and the Ukrainian C.P. C.C.
Comrade Bukharin says the crop in the south is excellent.
The main question for the whole of Soviet power, a lifeand-death question for us, is to collect 200–300 million poods in the Ukraine.
The main requirement for this is salt. Everything should be taken over, all the areas of extraction should, be ringed with a triple cordon of troops, not a pound should be let through or allowed to be stolen.
This is a matter of life and death.
Put this on a military footing. Appoint persons specifically responsible for each operation. Let me have a list of them (everything through the Central Salt Administration).
You are the Commander-in-Chief of salt.
The responsibilities are all yours.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of Labour and Defence
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