V. I.   Lenin


To:   A. I. RYKOV

Comrade Rykov, Presidium of the Supreme Economic Council

Written: Written on April 5, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 115b-116a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please urgently settle the following Gidrotorf questions:

1. About bonuses in kind for factories making equipment for Gidrotorf (see Gidrotorf letter to the S.E.C. Presidium No. 1252 of 26/III);

2. On granting to Gidrotorf the right to appoint a contractor for preparatory work for Gidrotorf’s establishment at the Electroperedacha Station, as has already been   sanctioned by the decision of the Council of Labour and Defence for the Electroperedacha Station (see Gidrotorf letter to the S.E.C. Presidium No. 1329 of 31/III);

3. About Gidrotorf’s complaint against the decision by the Commission for supplying foodstuffs to responsible S.E.C. workers of 22/III, under which the 100 rations allowed to Gidrotorf by the People’s Commissariat for Food for Gidrotorf’s responsible workers were reduced by 27 rations (see Gidrotorf letter to the S.E.C. Presidium No. 1347 of 31/III);
in such a manner that, if required, they could be brought up at the Council of Labour and Defence at its April 6 sitting.[1]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] The question of Gidrotorf (Administration for Hydraulic Peat Extraction) was discussed at C.P.C. sittings. On April 5, 1921, the C.P.C. heard reports by V. D. Kirpichnikov and I. I. Radchenko on the progress of Gidrotorf operations, and adopted a decision on the need to satisfy its requests in view of the exceptional importance of these enterprises. A special commission, consisting of A. Z. Holtzmann, A. B. Khalatov and I. I. Radchenko, was given two days to determine in detail the volume and priorities for meeting Gidrotorf’s requests. Its report was heard by the C.P.C. on April 7. It was decided that Gidrotorf should be allocated 25 million rubles for distribution of individual bonuses to skilled technical personnel over a period of five months.

On April 6, the C.L.D. discussed the general question of measures ensuring the supply of food for the peat campaign.

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