First published in 1924 in the magazine Vestnik Putei Soobshchenia No. 6.
Printed from the facsimile.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 538b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copies to Comrade Rykov and Comrade Tsyurupa
Please inform me—in the briefest form—whether anything is being done and how quickly to carry out the C.L.D. decision on classifying the railways in three categories and closing down the railways in the third category.
The closure should be speeded up to the maximum, and secured quickly and at all costs. How else are we to fight the crisis?
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 By a C.L.D. decision on October 21, 1921, the railway network was classified in three categories with respect to supply.
In reply to Lenin’s inquiry, the People s Commissar for Railways, F. E. Dzerzhinsky, sent him on May 4, 1922, a detailed report drawn up at his Commissariat, and also a letter informing him of implementation of the C.L.D. decision. For Dzerzhinsky’s letter see Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 1, 1962, pp. 58–59.