First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV.
Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 459b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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1) The number of Soviet office workers.
2) By separate People’s Commissariats.
3) If possible—by departments.
4) If possible—according to the main categories (experts, service personnel, clerical staff, etc.).
5) Other information (sex, etc.) depending on the kind of information, in the questionnaire.
Please divide the work into two parts:
1) The briefest information (number, etc.).
Not more than 4 weeks.
2) Detailed information—how many weeks?
3) The most detailed—how many weeks?
 This document was written in reply to the following inquiry from P. I. Popov, head of the Central Statistical Board: “The 1920 data on Soviet office workers in Moscow could be processed in four weeks’ time. Please let me know what questions you wish to obtain answers to.”
In the Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.C., C.P.S.U. there is a note of Lenin’s—an instruction to the secretary—reading: “Make a note of the content of this paper and the date (30/X), and give the original to Popov.” On this note there is a remark by the secretary: “Simply make a copy. Give the copy to Lenin for the book.”
The note on the typewritten copy reads: “Original given to Popov 30/X.”