V. I.   Lenin


To:   J. V. STALIN[1]

Written: Written between October 22 and 31, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 355b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Stalin:

The estimate seems to he exaggerated. But, I must admit, I a in not acquainted with the scope of the Orgbureau’s “distributive” work. I think the motivation is correct. The first thing to do is to reduce the “indent” in respect of the non-economic People’s Commissariats.



[1] Written in reply to J. V. Stalin’s letter to the Orgbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee (copy to Lenin) of October 22, 1921, suggesting a redistribution of Communists in government office in the People’s Commissariats, so as to concentrate the best part of them at the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection, which, ho estimated, would require 1,000–1,200 fresh workers or 250 at the very least.

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