V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 339b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
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10. II. 1920

R.M.C. of the Labour Army

I am putting your inquiries before the Council of Defence. Trotsky has left to join you. Personally I fear that you are indulging in project-mongering, and that Bumazhny’s and Maximov’s opposition is a play at departmental game. I advise you not to engage in recriminations but to throw all forces into the main thing, viz.: 1) the restoration of railway transport, 2) the collection and delivery of food, 3) the delivery of firewood, timber and barges to landing-stages. Let me know whether you can carry out this work harmoniously, energetically and rapidly.[1]

Chairman, Council of Defence


[1] In 1920, Y. 0. Bumazhny was Secretary of the Urals Bureau of the Central Committee of the Party; K. G. Maximov was Chairman of the Supreme Economic Council’s Industrial Bureau in the Urals and authorised agent of the Council of Labour and Defence for the restoration of Urals industry. The friction between the Revolutionary Military Council of the Labour Army and departmental representatives was mainly over the question of the terms of reference of the Revolutionary Military Council. Lenin’s telegram was apparently a reply to an inquiry about ways of settling the questions in dispute between the Revolutionary Military Council and the departments.

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