V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written late in December 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 469-470.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Krzhizhanovsky

Would it not he possible to develop (not at once, but straightaway after the Congress,[2] for the Council of Labour and Defence) a practical plan for an electrification campaign:

Etwas[1] :

(1) in each uyezd urgently to set up at least one power station;

(2) make it obligatory for this centre to become a training, lecture, demonstration, etc., centre, and take the entire population through these courses (beginning with the young people, or by volosts, etc.);

(3) immediately assign tasks among the population as to what they can now make a start on (we need 2 1/2 million poods of copper—so let us at once assign tasks for bringing in 25million poods, let people voluntarily begin to collect church bells, door handles, etc.; then poles, etc.);

(4) begin preparatory navvying work at once, assigning tasks among the uyezds;

(5) mobilise all engineers, electricians, all who have done courses at physico-mathematical faculties, etc., without exception. Their obligation will be to deliver not less than two (four?) lectures a week, to teach not less than (10–50?) people about electricity. If they fulfil this—a bonus. If they don’t—gaol.

(6) Write urgently a few popular pamphlets (some to be translated from Germ an) and adapt the “book” (yours) into a number of more popular articles, for teaching in the schools and reading to the peasants.

And then a number of detailed measures on the following two groups:

aa) propaganda and training 

bb) first steps towards pulling this into practice at once, and from all angles.



[1] Something like this.—Ed.

[2] Lenin refers to the Eighth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, held on December 22–29, 1920, at which Krzhizhanovsky delivered a report on the plan for the electrification of Russia. The resolution on the electrification report was drafted by Lenin.

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