V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the Council of Labour and Defence on

Written: Written April 15, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 3nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 42, page 297b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Set up a Commission of

2 State Planning Commission
2 oilmen or fuel men
2 Chief Oil Board
2 railway engineers ascertain within 2 weeks

1) what part of the Algemba railway work has been carried out;

2) ditto the pipeline;

3) in particular’ present provision of rails and pipes, and the prospects of full provision;

4) the possibility of supplying fresh water to the Emba oilfields and other conditions for ensuring work on the Emba;

5) check comparative cost of delivering oil to the centre via Rakushi-Astrakhan by waterway and via Saratov by railway and pipeline;

6) possible and probable terminal date of Algemba railway and pipeline construction;

7) possibility, probability and cost of acquiring and delivering extra river and sea craft for the transportation of oil from the Emba via Rakushi-Astrakhan;

8) go into other aspects of the problem.


[1] Algemba-Russian abbreviated name of the Alexanclrov-Gai-Emba branch line and oil pipeline construction project, which was to connect the Eniba oilfields with the Urals and Saratov. This draft decision was endorsed by the C.L.D. on April 15, 1921. On April 29 the C.L.D. passed a decision suspending construction of the pipeline in view of the fact that its remoteness entailed heavy expenditure on, the delivery, of materials, machinery and food, and on May 6 decided to switch the Alexandrov-Gai-Emba railway construction from accelerated to ordinary tempo.

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