First published in part in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV.
Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 53.
Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 220-221a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Steklov, Izvestia VTsIK Editorial Board
Comrade Ulyanova, Pravda ” ”
Comrade Karpinsky, Bednota ” ”
Comrade Krumin, Ekonomicheskaya
Zhizn ” ”
Copy to Comrade Smolyaninov
I should like to draw your attention to the “Collection of Government Statutes and Decrees” No. 44 of 1–VII–1921, “On Local Economic Conferences, Their Reports and Guidance by the C.P.C. and the C.L.D. Order” (All-Russia Central Executive Committee resolution).
There is need to insert a number of articles, stating and giving a detailed explanation of the importance of this All-Russia C.E.C. resolution, with special emphasis that no reporting machinery may be set up, because the law designates the gubernia and uyezd statistical bureaus as the only machinery.
Give a detailed exposition of the fundamental importance of local economic conferences and their reports, which are published for the information of the public, both for conducting the new economic policy in general, and for correct economic operations.
Special stress should be laid on the commodity exchange, then on the development of local economic initiative, on combating red tape and on enlisting non-Party people for economic construction.
I request that ROSTA should send two or three short wires on this subject to inform all gubernia and uyezd towns at once, asking them to carry reprints in all local Party and Soviet newspapers.
I ask the editorial boards of the Moscow papers to send me either cuttings of articles inserted in accordance with my present request or separate issues with articles on this subject, specially underscored.
It will be Comrade Smolyaninov’s duty to see that this is done and to inform me of any questions that may arise in the process.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)