V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on August 5, 1921
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 53. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 243c.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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You have handled this matter in a very poor way, ignoring the formal side, and displaying a slack, non-military approach.[1]

Henceforth I shall have to take a more formal attitude towards you.


[1] A reference to the fulfilment of orders for the manufacture of electric ploughs. Back in December 1920, the Narrow C.P.C., on Lenin’s instructions, approved a plan for the manufacture of electric ploughing machines. It was being realised by the Extraordinary Commission for the Making of Electric Ploughing Implements (“Elektroplug”) which consisted of representatives of the S.E.C. and the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture. Later, its functions were transferred to the S.E.C.’s Central Administration for Agricultural Machinery. Lenin kept a close watch on the making of electric ploughs and demanded that the members of the commission supply him with regular and exact information about the fulfilment of the orders (see present edition, Vol. 36, p. 531; Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 52, Document 34).

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