V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on November 5, 1921
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Filth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 370a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Bogdanov

Copies to Comrades Khinchuk and Radchenko

Comrade Bogdanov:

Steinberg’s “concession” (buying up of hides and skins plus import of commodity-exchange fund from abroad) is being examined, as I beard in the C.L.D. yesterday, in the S.E.C. Commission for Utilisation.[1]

Strictly speaking, it is not a concession in the usual sense of the word, and both the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and Centrosoyuz must be brought in for its examination (especially since Khinchuk declared yesterday that he takes a negative view of Steinberg).

Be sure to have Khinchuk take part in the discussion, and, while we are about it, let’s think over a statute for a somewhat different make-up of commissions to discuss “this type” of “concession”.[2]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.L.D.


[1] The Commission for the Utilisation of Material Resources was set up by a C.P.C. decree of November 21, 1918, under the S.E.C. A C.P.C. decision of March 17, 1921, transferred the Commission to the competence of the C.L.D. It was the highest authority for the distribution of material resources, and its decisions entered into force unless protested against in the C.L.D. within three days of the decision and rescinded by the C.L.D. All the departments had the duty to submit well-founded estimates for consideration by the Commission. See this volume, Document 526.

[2]Concession agreement for the collection and trade in hides and skins with P. B. Steinberg” was submitted by the S.E.C. for the C.P.C.’s approval on November 21, 1921. On November 29, the C.P.C. instructed a commission, consisting of V. V. Gombarg, A. M. Lezhava and A. L. Scheinman, to review the agreement and to continue talks with the other party. For the decision on this question Lenin made the following proposals by way of directives for the commission: = “α) amount of duties (the point is crossed out and is not included in the decision.—Ed.); = β) checkup on the actual amount, of leather procured by the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade up to now... = γ) check-up on the possible and probable development of operations by the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and Centrosoyuz, given the expenditure of a definite amount of bank-notes” (Lenin Miscellany XXIII, p. 187). After repeated discussion, the C.P.C. on January   10, 1922, rejected the concession and authorised a specially appointed commission to work out a statute for organising the procurement of hides and skins at home on shareholding principles. On January 24, the C.P.C. approved the basis of the draft rules of the “Joint-Stock Company for Domestic and Export Trade in Hides and Skins” (“Kozhsyryo”). On February 1, 1922, the C.L.D. approved the rules of the Company and its articles of association. See this volume, Documents 515 and 589.

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