V. I.   Lenin

Speech at an Anniversary Plenary Meeting of the Sokolniki District Soviet Held Jointly with Representatives of the Factory Committees and Industrial Managements of Moscow

November 7, 1920

Delivered: November 7, 1920
Published: First published in full in 1957 in the journal Voprosi Istorii KPSS No. 1. Brief newspaper report published November 9, 1920 in Pravda No. 251. Printed from the typed copy of the minutes.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 225b-226a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Comrade Lenin said in his speech that the victory we had won was the most important of all. The international bourgeoisie had prevented us from engaging. in productive labour, and all our energies in the course of three years had been engaged in war with them. Now we must win a victory on the home front. The bourgeoisie had diverted us from this work. Comrade Lenin spoke about the questions to be dealt with at the coming congress of Soviets—the   questions of transport, agriculture, and so on. He said that all enthusiasm and discipline were to be switched over to the work of peaceful construction and the participation of the rank and file in this job was to be secured.

In addition, red tape and officialism had to be combated. Here, too, we had to win a victory, and there was only one way of doing that-by developing the consciousness and activity of the working masses themselves. In conclusion Comrade Lenin expressed the conviction that we would win a victory over cold and hunger.


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