V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on January 19, 1921
Published: Published on January 21, 1921 in Pravda No. 13. Printed from the newspaper text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 72c-73a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I request the Editorial Board to publish Rudzutak’s theses, which were adopted by the Fifth All-Russia Trade Union Conference held from November 2 to 6, 1920; they   are extremely necessary as material for discussion. I also append material on the debate which has started in Party circles concerning the origin of these theses.

N. Lenin


[1] At a joint sitting of R.C.P.(B.) members who were delegates to the Eighth Congress of Soviets, members of the All-Russia Central T.U.C. and the Moscow Gubernia T.U.C. on December 30, 1920, a dispute arose over whether Y. E. Rudzutak was the author of the theses on “The Production Tasks of the Trade Unions”. In this context, Lenin requested the All-Russia Central T.U.C. to provide documentary evidence on the origin of the theses. He was given an extract from the minutes under No. 44 of the sitting of the Presidium of the All-Russia Central T.U.C. of November 1, and a covering memo by S. A. Lozovsky. Lenin sent the material collected, together with Rudzutak’s theses, to the Pravda Editorial Board and these were published on January 21, 1921, with Lenin’s covering letter.

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