Written: Written on May 24, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 153a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I have received and read your paper of 20/V.1921. I can hardly see you one of these days, as I am too busy.
Give a reminder to Fotieva, C.P.C. secretary, in one or two weeks’ time.
In substance: your letter has surprised me. Usually such complaints come from the workers, who do not know how to fight red tape. But what about yourself? What about Starkov? Why didn’t either you or Starkov write me in good time? Why has Starkov, who has been in Germany for months, not written to me a single time?? I think he should be penalised for that.
Why is it that he and you merely “lamented”, without proposing any precise changes, such as having the C.P.C. (or,the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade or someone else) adopt some decision. (To refrain from demanding of all the factories, etc.)
The question now is fully settled, isn’t it?
(Has the Central Peat Administration already taken a -2 decision?)
 Enclosed in R. E. Klasson’s letter to Lenin of May 20, 1921, was a brief report on his trip abroad on Gidrotorf business (see Note 104), and a draft C.L.D. decision on an order to the Madruk company.
Klasson spoke about the red tape and delays at the Russian railway mission in Berlin which had been assigned the formalisation of orders for Gidrotorf.