V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 4, 1021
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 286.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov:

In view of the extreme importance of this question and its (I hope) indisputable nature, I propose that this should be circulated for reading by all members of the Politbureau, and approved by phone (I consider my amendments adopted, if they are not questioned either by the C.C. members or the members of the commission: if they are questioned, I suggest adoption without these amendments, so as not to drag things out). Be sure to pass it also through the All-Russia Central T.U.C. and to publish it on behalf of the C.P.C., with this obligatory indication: approved by both the All-Russia Central T.U.C. and the R.C.P. Central Committee.

I am sending these theses to Oborin in Petrograd on Monday, 5/IX, asking him to phone his opinion. It is important to have the opinion (and I hope consent) of the Petrograd trade union functionaries.

Comrade Molotov: A list of these 30 persons should be obtained and kept at the C.C. archives together with the date of this conference.



Send urgently to Molotov after Lepeshinskaya’s entry of the amendments.




[1] Written on A. S. Kiselyov’s letter, saying that lie had sent Lenin a draft of the “Basic Propositions on the Rating Question” drawn up by members of the Narrow C.P.C. (A. S. Kiselyov, A. A. Belov and Y. I. Gindin) and approved by a conference of heads of the major production associations, attended by nearly 30 men. This draft was based on the directives of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee. Having acquainted himself with the draft theses, Lenin made his corrections, emphasising the direct connection between remuneration for labour and the results of production (see Lenin Miscellany XXIII, pp. 258–60). After an all-round discussion by the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee, the C.L.D., at a joint silting of the bureaus of Party groups of the All-Russia Central T.U.C., the Moscow gubernia T.U.C. and the Party group of the S.E.C. Presidium, the “Basic Propositions on the Rating Question” were approved by the C.P.C. on September 16, and published in Izvestia VTsIK No. 207, on September 17, 1921. See also Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 53, Documents 277, 278 and 279.

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