V. I.   Lenin


To:   I. M. GUBKIN

Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 505.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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June 3, 1921

Comrade Gubkin
Central Oil Board

Looking through the journal Neftyanoye i Slantsevoye Khozyaistvo, I came across a note (p. 199), in No. 1–4 (1921), “On the Replacement of Metal Tubes by Cement Solution in the Drilling of Oil Wells”.

It turns out that this can be applied in rotary drilling, which we have in Baku, as I have read in the report of the Baku comrades.

We are ruining ourselves and ruining Baku because of insufficient drilling.

It is possible to replace iron tubes with cement, etc., which after all is easier to come by than iron tubes, and which costs, as your own journal points out, a “quite insignificant” sum!

And this kind of information you bury in a tiny note in a super-learned journal, which perhaps one person in 1,000,000 in the R.S.F.S.R. is capable of understanding.

Why didn’t you sound the big bells? Why didn’t you publish it in the general press? Or appoint a committee of practical experts? Or get the Council of Labour and Defence to adopt incentives?

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of Labour and Defence


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