Written: Written on June 27, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from a typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 195c-196a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Shafransky, Gubernia Party Committee,
I thank the group of friends for their greetings. The main thing just now is an immediate improvement in the conditions of the workers and peasants. On the vigour and skill of the workers in the localities now depends everything: the tax in kind, the development of turnover between agriculture and industry, and the development of small-scale industry. We have no fear of capitalism, because the proletariat has the power, transport and large-scale industry firmly in its hands and will succeed, through its control, in channeling it into state capitalism. Under these conditions, capitalism will help to combat red tape and the scattering of the petty producers. We shall win out because we know what we want.
 Written in reply to a letter from a group of Communists of the Samarkand organisation on June 15, 1921, “To the First Soldier of the World Communist, Revolutionary Army”, in which they sent their whole-hearted greetings to Lenin and expressed their approval of the New Economic Policy. On the envelope Lenin wrote this assignment to his secretary dated June 27, 1921: “Urgent. Send them a telegram, of thanks and approval. Give me the draft” (Lenin Miscellany XX, p. 117). The draft of the reply telegram was written by the C.P.C. Secretariat on the basis of Lenin’s instructions.