Dictated: Dictated by phone on February 6, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 461b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Will you check up on the basis of which laws and rules over 143 private publishers are registered in Moscow, as Izvestia of 5/II reports, what are the administrative and editorial staffs responsible for each publisher, what is their civil liability and also responsibility in law generally, who is in charge of this business at the State Publishers, who is responsible for it.
Also have a secret talk about how and what kind of supervision of this business is organised on the part of the People’s Commissariat for Justice, the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection and the All-Russia Cheka. All this is strictly confidential. Get a reply ready for me, even if only a preliminary one, by Wednesday.