V. I.   Lenin


To:   L. S. SOSNOVSKY[1]

Written: Written on October 22, 1921
Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 352b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Sosnovsky:

I have received your letter concerning Yezhov.

I very much doubt that we could afford to let 1,000– 1,500 warehouse and office workers get

1,250,000–1,500,000 (Soviet) rubles a month.


I think: work out bonuses for rapid clearing of warehouse in economic enterprise (state plant, factory, state farm, etc.).

It is up to Yezhov to put through your other proposals (and a copy for me).

Let us have a precise and short draft.

With communist greetings,


[1] Written in reply to L. S. Sosnovsky’s letter, setting out his plan to improve the work of the S.E.C.’s state warehouses. Among the measures he proposed were: to secure a salary of from 30 to 50 gold rubles for 1,000–1,500 warehouse workers and employees,   and up to 75 rubles for executive workers; to set deadlines for the storage of goods, etc.

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