V. I.   Lenin

Re Theses of a Report at the Eighth All-Russia Congress of Soviets on
Improving the Activities of the Soviet Authorities in Combating Bureaucratism[1]

Written: Written November 27, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 229a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Theses to be revised rather radically, on all points, in the direction of a very big reduction in the pledges, which are extremely vague, obscure and excessive and the weight of emphasis to be placed on concrete, practical proposals realisable in a short time.

Supplementary to the theses, a draft resolution for the Eighth Congress of Soviets to be drawn up within a week.


[1] On November 27, 1920, the Politbureau examined Zinoviev’s theses of a report, “On Improving the Activities of the Soviet Local and Central Authorities and on Combating Bureaucratism” for the forthcoming Eighth All-Russia Congress of Soviets. The Politbureau endorsed Lenin’s draft and set up a commission which was authorised to revise the theses. These, in their final wording, were published on December 14, 1920, in Pravda and Izvestia.

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