Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


To:   A. I. RYKOV

Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 521b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Rykov:

I am sending on to you a letter from Yezhov,[1] who has been recommended to me as an extremely reliable and efficient worker. Unfortunately, I have been unable to carry out my intention of making a closer acquaintance with him. The warehouse business is in a shocking state and, I believe, the whole is in the charge of Troyanovsky, whom I remember as a Bolshevik during my stay abroad. Subsequently, he went over to the Mensheviks, and now, it seems, has deviated from the Mensheviks. I strongly suspect that he is doing nothing about the warehouses, but is engaged in politics, and that nothing good will come of his warehouse activity. I think that Troyanovsky’s efficiency should be thoroughly checked.



[1] A reference to a letter from I. K. Yezhov, head of the S.E.C.’s Administration for State Warehouses, to Lydia Fotieva on April 3, 1922, asking her to have a talk with Lenin and secure the passage, at a C.P.C. sitting, of the draft decision, which he had sent in at Lenin’s proposal, on the transfer, in accordance with a definite list, of warehouse premises from the charge of local authorities to that of his Administration.

See this volume, Document 461, and also present edition, Vol.  35, Document 299; Vol. 36, p. 548.

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