Written:10 December, 1922
First Published: Kommunist (Kharkov) No. 285, December 12, 1922; Published according to the Kommunist text checked with a typewritten copy
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965, Volume 33, page 454
Translated: David Skvirsky and George Hanna
Transcription\HTML Markup: David Walters & R. Cymbala
Copyleft: V. I. Lenin Internet Archive (www.marx.org) 2002. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License
I welcome the opening of the All-Ukraine Congress of Soviets.
One of the most important problems which the Congress has to solve is that of uniting the republics. The proper solution of this problem will determine the future organisation of our machinery of state, the glaring defects of which were so vividly and strikingly revealed by the recent census of Soviet employees in Moscow, Petrograd and Kharkov.
The second problem to which the Congress must devote special attention is that of our heavy industry. To raise the output of the Donbas and of the oil and iron and steel industries to pre-war level is the fundamental problem of our entire economy; and we must concentrate all our efforts on solving this problem.
I am firmly convinced that the Congress will find the correct solutions for these problems, and with all my heart I wish you success in your work.
December 10, 1922
 The Seventh All-Ukraine Congress of Soviets was held in Kharkov on December 10-14, 1922. One of its principal decisions, adopted on the basis of a report delivered by M. V. Frunze, was on the union federation of the Soviet republics. Lenin's telegram was read at the opening session on December 10. The congress elected Lenin an honorary member of the All-Ukraine Central Executive Committee and sent him a telegram of greetings in reply.