V. I.   Lenin


To:   I. T. SMILGA

Written: Written on July 10, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 205b-206a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Smilga:

I have read the draft. I enclose my amendments.[1]

My insistent advice is 

1) not to make the move in your name (why tease the geese? Why make the possible unanimity of one and all more difficult?).

2) Make the move only on behalf of the S.E.C. Presidium.

S.E.C. Chairman Bogdanov will introduce it in the C.C.

3) Another piece of advice: agree with Krzhizhanovsky the wording of the point on Gosplan (your wording is wrong; I shall not accept it).

The basic point can be easily agreed, and then the thing should be moved on behalf of the two presidiums: the S.E.C. Presidium + Gosplan Presidium.

Please reply on 11/VII.

With communist greetings,

P.S. Perhaps it should also be shown to the People’s   Commissariat for Food and the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection and the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade.

Think this over and reply on 11/VII.


[1] A reference to Lenin’s amendments to the draft theses of the S.E.C. on implementing the principles of the New Economic Policy; the draft was adopted by the S.E.C. Presidium on July 6, 1921 (see Lenin Miscellany XX, pp. 102–06). The text of the draft with Lenin’s amendments was sent to G. M. Krzhizhanovsky, I. T. Smilga, N. P. Bryukhanov, A. M. Lezhava, V. A. Avanesov and V. V. Schmidt. On July 11, the S.E.C. Presidium again examined the draft theses, approved them and passed them on for discussion by the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee.   On July 12, 1921, the S.E.C. theses were examined by the C.P.C., and on July 16, by the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. The latter adopted the theses as a basis and appointed a commission to edit them. The commission produced a new variant, to which Lenin also made his amendments (see Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 44, p. 73). This draft was discussed on July 23 at a meeting of the communist group of the Central Committees of the trade unions, the Presidium of the Moscow Gubernia T.U.C., and representatives of Petrograd trade unions. The meeting adopted the theses as a basis and appointed a commission which, together with the Party C.C. commission, worked out a final text. On August 9, this was adopted by a plenum of the Party Central Committee, and on the same day given legislative form through the C.P.C. as “C.P.C. Instructions on Implementing the Principles of the New Economic Policy” (see Direktivy KPSS i Sovetskogo pravitelstva po khozyaistvennym voprosam [Directives of the C.P.S.U. and the Soviet Government on Economic Questions], Vol. 1, Moscow, 1957, pp. 254–59).

See also this volume, Documents 240, 241 and 242.

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