V. I.   Lenin



Dictated: Dictated by phone on August i, 1921

Published: First published in 1921 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 235-236a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Vashkov, Electrical Department, S.E.C.
Copy to Comrade Krzhizhanovsky

I thank you very much for the article, “Electrification of Russia” in Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn of 10/VII.[1]

It is highly important that such information should appear in Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn and in the popular press from time to time. If you happen to have it, please send me the following additional information: 1) your table shows the electric-power station capacity in 1920 as being 7,670 kw. Does this include Shatura’s 5,000 kw?

2) Your article shows that in 1920 the Tula group yielded 3,000 kw. Is that reflected in the table, or is such information not included?

3) Is it possible to bring out the larger stations which are of real industrial importance, say, those of 1,000 kw or those of a size which could be classed as large and which are of importance to industry?

4) For how many months of 1921 do you have consolidated tables in which 1921 is shown at all?

5) Do you happen to have any details on the early stages of organisation of the Shterovka, Ivanovo-Voznesensk, Nizhni-Novgorod and Chelyabinsk stations?

6) Your article says that the combination of several large stations could give Moscow 10,000 kw. Please let me know whether it has actually done so, exactly how much and when?

7) Could you let me have some details about the power stations in Bolshevo district, near Mytishchi, and the Detskoye Selo station, which supplies Petrograd, and more exact information about the time of their expected completion?

Please let me know also whether the forthcoming Electro-technical Congress in October[2] could be used to collect fuller and more precise information about all the existing electro-technical stations, their distribution by uyezd and gubernia, the time of their establishment, the number of   stations being used to teach electricity and electrification, etc.



[1] In the article referred to, N. N. Vashkov gave a short review of what had been done in the sphere of electrification, giving a table to show the growth of urban and rural electric-power stations from 1917 to 1921. He also spoke of the work started locally to explore the power resources and the requirements in the electrification.

[2] A reference to the Eighth All-Russia Electrotechnical Congress, which was called on Lenin’s initiative in pursuance of the resolution of the Eighth Congress of Soviets, to hold a comprehensive discussion of technical and economic problems connected with the implementation of the GOELRO plan. Before the congress, a telegram was sent to all the Gubernia Executive Committees instructing their electrical departments to send in, with their delegates, information about all the existing electric-power stations (see this volume, Document 327).

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