V. I.   Lenin


To:   A. O. ALSKY

Written: Written in June, before the 21st, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the origins!.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 189c-190a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Alsky:

Have any measures been taken to speed up and intensify Gokhran’s work?

Have any Communists been mobilised?[1]

Result: within how many months and what exactly will be done? You will be to blame if the question keeps “sticking”, because in that case it will be your duty to lodge a complaint speedily, taking it up to the very top, i.e., the Politbureau.

But I mean speedily.

The summer must be made use of, and you are letting it slip by: I warn you that the responsibility will fall entirely on you. Hurry, and complain to me (about the C.L.D.) and where I am not competent, to the Politbureau.


[1] Having received this letter, Martens replied to Lenin that he would immediately start working on the draft C.L.D. decision concerning the industrial immigration of Russians from America and would have it ready by six o’clock.

That same day, June 22, 1921, the C.L.D. declared that it was desirable to “develop separate industrial enterprises or groups of enterprises by leasing them to groups of American workers, and industrially developed peasants, on contractual terms assuring them of a measure of economic autonomy” (Lenin Miscellany XX, p. 202) The C.L.D. also recognised the need to regulate the industrial immigration of workers from other countries, and instructed the S.E.C. to work out the terms for leasing enterprises to these workers.

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