Written: Written on July 29, 1921
Published: First published in Soyuz Potrebitelei No. 5, May 1924). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, pages 513-514.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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They say you are leaving? For how many months? Before your departure it is essential that you should both officially get your “deputy” appointed and, unofficially, should let me know to which of the Communists who are fully experienced people (2–3 of them) in the Central Union of Consumers’ Co-operative Societies I can address myself.
Then before your departure you must tell me, very briefly, when the machinery of the co-operative movement will begin working at last.
What I mean is this:
(1) In how many volosts (of such-and-such gubernias) are there shops (co-operatives) and, consequently, your trading agents, and in how many are there none? How many per volost?
(2) How many of the shops (agents) reply promptly to all the questions of the centre, and render reports? Once a week? Once a fortnight?
(3) How many volost shops have received goods, and which (even the briefest replies)? Salt? Kerosene? Textiles? etc.
(4) How many replies are there about the amount of surpluses and raw materials held by the peasants (which can be acquired in exchange for this or that)?
industrial raw materials? etc.
(5) How much have you exchanged during I he period under review? Of what, for what?
In my opinion, so long as there are no such reports, there is nothing. Only talk.
I await your reply.
With communist greetings,