How to respond to your salary increase

To: Vladimir Dmitriyevich Bonch-Bruyevich,
Office Manager, Council of People’s Commissars

In view of your failure to fulfil my insistent request to point out to me the justification for raising my salary as from March 1, 1918, from 500 to 800 rubles a month, and in view of the obvious illegality of this increase, carried out by you arbitrarily by agreement with the secretary of the Council, Nikolai Petrovich Gorbunov, and in direct infringement of the decree of the Council of People’s Commissars of November 23, 1917, I give you a severe reprimand!

Lenin, Collected Works, vol. 35, p. 333