Written: Written on March 6, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from a typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 502b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am sending you M. Bagayev’s letter. Have a check carried out of the facts given in his letter, and an investigation of the reasons for the establishment of rates out of all proportion to the crop, meting out punishment to those guilty of abusing power in the collection of the tax in kind and the harassment of the peasants, and also show the picture of tax collection in other volosts of Novonikolayevsk Gubernia.
The most vigorous steps have to be taken for the full provision of seeds to the areas which have suffered from the wrongful collection of the tax in kind.
Write me about execution.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 In reply to this letter, which was sent to Novonikolayevsk (now Novosibirsk) on March 6, 1922, S. Y. Chutskayev, Chairman of the Siberian Revolutionary Committee, on March 13, reported to Lenin by direct wire that an inquiry had been appointed into the abuses during the tax in kind collections in Novonikolayevsk Gubernia, and that its results would be reported later.
Chutskayev subsequently informed the C.P.C. that the facts staled in M. A. Bagayev’s letter were true and that a number of food agents had been committed for trial.