V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 19, 1921
Published: Published in full in 1928 in Zapiski Instituta Lenina, Vol. III. First published, but not in full, in 1924 in the book: G. M. Krzhizhanovsky, Tovaroobmen i planovaya rabota, Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 475.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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G. M.,

Look at this and note it. Return it at once secretly.

Milyutin is writing nonsense about the plan.[1] The greatest danger is that the work of planning the stale economy may be bureaucratised.

This danger is a great one. Milyutin does not see it.

I am very much afraid that with your different approach to the question you do not see it either.

We are beggars. Hungry, ruined beggars.

A complete, integrated, real plan for us at present— “a bureaucratic utopia”.

Don’t chase it.

At once, without delaying a day or an hour, bit by bit single out the most important, the minimum number of enterprises, and put them on their feet.

Let’s talk about this personally before your report. Think it over.



[1] This letter, a copy of which was sent to Y. A. Preobrazhensky, was written apparently because Lenin had noticed omissions in the proofs of the pamphlet On Concessions. Decree of the Council of People’s Commissars of November 23, 1920. Text of the Decree. Units for Concession. Maps, which had been sent to him for inspection.

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