Written: Written on September 2, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 277b-278a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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... If you have the time, you will find out (from the
statement.—Ed.) about the incredible conditions of the
||| NB bureaucratic irresponsible confusion, and frequently of what looks like deliberate resistance, in which we have to carry on the building of the Volkhov hydroelectric power installation, inaugurated by you through Comrade Smidovich three years ago.
... It pains me very much to waste your valuable time,
but I have decided to do so only because of my strong
NB that the Volkhov installation must be completed as soon as possible at all costs.
Will you undertake this business (or pass it to Smolyaninov by agreement with him).
The statement and report by the chief engineer of the Volkhov site, Comrade Graftio (of 25/8), expose both crime (red tape) and a number of mistakes by the S.E.C. or the Petrograd Soviet of Deputies, or the C.L.D., or all these establishments together.
Therefore I suggest that you:
(1) at once instruct the People’s Commissariat for Justice, on my behalf, to investigate the red tape and to bring the guilty to trial. Introduce at the C.L.D. within a week.
(2) Call a conference (S.E.C. + Petrograd Soviet + State Planning Commission inviting other departments concerned) to work out, within a week, a draft C.L.D. decision on measures to accelerate the works and arrange them properly (perhaps, on the model of the flax trust, giving Graftio more powers?).
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Inform me of execution.
 By a decision on September 10, 1921, the C.L.D. qualified the Volkhov project as a “top priority construction project”. All departments were instructed to give top priority to indents from the Volkhov project. The progress of construction was repeatedly discussed by the All-Russia C.E.C. See also this volume, Document 374; present edition, Vol. 35, Document 298; Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 53, Documents 288 and 293.