V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on November 23, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 385b-386a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please raise these questions in the State Planning Commission:

1. acceleration of construction and starting of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk district electric-power station (on Lake Rubskoye) and

2. inclusion in the Central Peat Administration programme for 1922 of the working of the Rubskoye peat bogs or transfer of their working to the power-station project.

On the strength of the available material resources, it is necessary right away to establish and approve a programme   for construction and peat bog working for the Ivanovo-Voznesensk station, and their priority, for 1922.

I think it is desirable to secure participation in the discussion of this matter, apart from the central departments concerned (Commission for Utilisation, Public Works Committee, and Central Peat Administration), a representative of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk gubernia economic conference and the chief engineer of the construction project.[1]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.L.D.

In general, we should hurry up with the working out of a plan for state electric-power construction for 1922 so as to have it ready for the Congress of Soviets.[2]


[1] In its reply letter of December 15, 1921, the State Planning Commission wrote that its Presidium had heard a representative of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Gubernia Executive Committee about the progress of construction at the Ivanovo-Voznesensk District Power Station. Gosplan’s conclusion said that there were not enough data to decide on the urgency of the project and that its work was not covered by the extraction of peat in the Teikovo bog, where the station was to be sited. In view of this, Gosplan asked the Central Board for the Peat Industry (Tsutorf) to take urgent steps to intensify the extraction of peat, and the Ivanovo-Voznesensk economic conference to work out, in order to set the exact date for commissioning the electric-power station, a scheme for developing and restructuring industry and other branches of the economy from the standpoint of the requirements in electric power and fuel. See also this volume, Document 666.

The construction of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Electric-Power Station was started in 1926.

[2] A reference to the Ninth All-Russia Congress of Soviets.

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