V. I.   Lenin



Dictated: Dictated by phone on July 25, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from a typewritten text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 228b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Presidium of the Moscow Soviet
Copies to Sorokin, Gubernia Statistical Bureau,
Gubernia Economic Council
and Gubernia Trade Union Council

1. There is very great doubt about the correctness of the data submitted to me by Sorokin today concerning the 30 per cent reduction,[1]

2. There is equal doubt about it being right to carry out the cuts, in the sense that the axe is being put to the wrong groups. The reduction should fall on the enterprises and establishments which are not absolutely essential.

3. Sorokin’s reference to there allegedly being no data about the groups of enterprises and establishments which are not absolutely essential shows that things at the Gubernia Statistical Bureau, the Gubernia Trade Union Council and the Gubernia Economic Council are extremely unsatisfactory.

Please let me have exact data and a precise explanation for tomorrow’s sitting of the Council of People’s Commissars (26.VII.21).



[1] A reference to the report from the Moscow Gubernia Food Commissar P. S. Sorokin on the fulfilment by the Moscow Consumers’ Commune of the C.P.C. decision of July 12, 1921, to reduce by 30 per cent the number of persons on the supply list in view of the grave food situation. On July 26, the C.P.C. set up a commission to verify the work by the Moscow Consumers’ Commune. It was authorised, in particular, to find out whether it was expedient to remove from the ration list the categories of persons as designated by the commune, or whether it was possible to remove all non-working persons of Moscow.

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