V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 15, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 448a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Members of the C.C.:

I emphatically disagree with this project. Changing names is a harmful game.

In fulfilment of the decision of the Ninth Congress (I enclose the text of the decision), it is necessary, in my opinion, to set up a permanent inter-departmental commission of the Council of Labour and Defence, under my chairmanship (if the comrades do not object). That is quite sufficient.



Please return to me with indications as to who has read it.




[1] Written by Lenin on the minutes of an inter-departmental conference held on October 14, 1920. This conference considered it necessary to transform the Supreme Economic Council into a People’s Commissariat for Industry and to setup an extra– departmental body under the Council of Labour and Defence for co-ordinating economic plans for production, transport, supplies, fuel, foreign trade, labour and currency distribution.

Enclosed with Lenin’s note was the text of the decision of the Ninth Congress of the R.C.P.(B.) “On Organisational Links Between the Economic Commissariats”. This decision states: “The Congress instructs the Central Committee in the immediate future to work out a system of organisational links between the Supreme Economic Council and other Commissariats (the People’s Commissariats for Food, Railways, Agriculture) that are directly linked with the economy in their daily work, with the aim of ensuring complete unity in carrying out the economic plan endorsed by the Party Congress.” = On the document are the following notes and signatures of those members of the Central Committee who read Lenin’s note: = “Read. N. Krestinsky”, = “Read and agree with Lenin. L. Serebryakov”, = “Agree with Comrade Lenin’s proposal. F. Dzerzhinsky”, = “Read, agree with Vladimir Ilyich. A. Andreyev”. = In the hand of the secretary is written: = “Comrade Tomsky has read it. Has telephoned that he fully agrees with Comrade Lenin.” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 459.)

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