V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on October 7, 1921
Published: First published on January 26, 1924 in the newspaper Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn No. 96. Printed from the newspaper text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 547.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Discuss the following, and let’s make a final draft: That it should he recognised as absolutely necessary to pay particularly great attention to collecting information (both through special correspondents, without however appointing them only for this purpose, and through all the special representatives of the Council of Labour and Defence and the People’s Commissariats; and likewise—most important of all—from the regular local reports to the appropriate bodies), information coming directly from local bodies (works, mines, separate log camps, etc.). The collection and analysis of information coming, not only from the Chief Boards, but from these organs operating on the spot, must become one of the most important tasks of Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)


[1] The Fuel Commission of the Council of Labour and Defence, which was headed by Lenin, decided on September 30, 1921 that G. I. Krumin was to “work out the question of improving the business of publication in Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn of reports on the fuel operations of the Central Timber Board, as a matter of priority, and to submit to the Council, within a week, a draft decree, which he was to show Lenin beforehand” = (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee). The draft submitted by Krumin apparently did not satisfy Lenin, and he wrote the document which served as a draft for the C.L.D. decision of October 7.

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