V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn No. 18, January 22, 1925. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 430-431.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
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Gleb Maximilianych,

I was very interested in your report on peat.

Wouldn’t you write an article about it in Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn (and then republish as a pamphlet, or in some journal)?[1]

The question must be discussed in the press.

Here, you should say, are reserves of peat—milliards.

Its heat efficiency.

Its location—near Moscow; Moscow Region.

Near Petrograd—as exactly as possible.

Easy to secure (in comparison with coal, combustible slate, etc.).

Use of the labour of the local workers and peasants (even if only four hours a day for a start).

Here, you say, is the basis for electrification, increasing output so many times by using existing power stations.

Here is the most rapid and most certain basis for the restoration of industry—

organisation of labour in socialist fashion ( agriculture + industry);

a way out of the fuel crisis (we shall release so many millions of cubic metres of timber for transport).

Put in the conclusions of your report; add a peat map; brief and general calculations. The possibility of building peal machines quickly, etc., etc. Briefly, the essence of the economic programme.

The question must be brought up immediately in the press.


December 26

P.S. In case of necessity, get Winter on the job, but provide the article as soon as you can.


[1] Krzhizhanovsky’s article was published in Pravda No. 5, on January 10, 1920, under the title “Torf i krizis topliva” = “(Peat and the Fuel Crisis”).

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