V. I.   Lenin


To:   A. O. ALSKY

Written: Written on November 5, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 369b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Alsky:

I am sending this request of Shvedchikov’s on to you.

Unless we pull it out now, the paper industry will collapse for a whole year. We must do our utmost.

Let me know what you are doing. Perhaps I should appoint an emergency commission?[1]

5/XI. Lenin


[1] Written on a note from the C.P.C. agent for the paper industry and printing production, K. M. Shvedchikov, who requested the “setting aside of a reserve monetary fund for the publishing business (Gosizdat, Glavbum, Poligrafotdel and Tsentropechat) in the amount of up to 319,000 million rubles”; and “that an advance payment of 60,000 million rubles be made before the 15th of November proportional to the applications of separate establishments”.

This question was examined by an emergency commission under the Budget Estimates Administration of the People’s Commissariat for Finance on November 9. It said the request was not sufficiently well grounded, and instructed representatives of the S.E.C. and the People’s Commissariat for Finance to verify it and give their conclusion.

On November 9, Shvedchikov sent another letter to Lenin (see Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Document 33).

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