V. I.   Lenin


To:   V. A. AVANESOV[1]

Written: Written on June 1, 1921
Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 504.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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June 1

Comrade Avanesov,

You should draw up a circular to all local bodies of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection[2] on the subject of local economic conferences.

(1) You should require a personal list of all representatives of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection in all economic conferences.

(2) You should be immediately informed of every change in the list.

(3) You should demand that, whether they are Communists or non-Party people, they should be specially and personally recommended for their reliability and honesty.

(4) You should demand that they be strictly accountable, particularly as regards drawing non-Party people into the work and as regards reports to them, the non-Party people, on the work of the economic councils.

All this should be brought before the Presidium of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee and adopted, so that the local bodies conform to it.



[1] Avanesov, V. A. (1884–1930)—joined the Party in 1903. In 1917 he became a member of the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C.; in 1920–24, Deputy People’s Commissar of the Workers’ and   Peasants’ Inspection, member of the Collegium of the Cheka, and later Deputy People’s Commissar for Foreign Trade.

[2] Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection (Rabkrin) was set up in February 1920 on Lenin’s initiative, on the basis of the reorganised People’s Commissariat of Slate Control, which had been formed in the early months of Soviet power. Lenin attached great importance to control and verification at all levels. He worked out in detail the principles of organising control in the Soviet state, kept an eye on Rabkrin’s activity, criticised its shortcomings and did his best to make it more efficient. In his last articles, “How We Should Reorganise the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection” and “Better Fewer, but Better”, Lenin outlined a plan for reorganising Rabkrin. The basic principles of Lenin’s plan were to merge Party and state control and to enlist more workers and peasants in its activities.

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