V. I.   Lenin



Dictated: Dictated by phone on February 2, 1922
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 458b-459a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To Comrade Molotov for the Politbureau

Since Zinoviev insists on my fulfilling the assignment of the Comintern’s Executive Committee to give a report on the New Economic Policy at an enlarged sitting of the Comintern Executive Committee on 12–II, and since I am quite unable to do this, because I am unwell,[1] as I have repeatedly told Zinoviev, I request the Politbureau to resolve:

1) To take into consideration Lenin’s statement that he is quite unable, because of illness, to fulfil the Executive Committee’s assignment.

2) To authorise the Russian members of the Executive Committee to cancel the decision appointing Lenin’s report.

3) To authorise the said members of the Executive Committee to have Comrade Pyatakov appointed rapporteur on this subject.

4) To put on Pyatakov the duty to prepare, not later than next Sunday, first, detailed theses of his report, second, an outline of his report and a summary of the principal figures which are to be cited in the report, and to have   Pyatakov conform his theses to those submitted by Lenin to the Third Congress of the Comintern, and earlier approved by the Party C.C.[2]

5) To authorise Comrades Zinoviev, Bukharin and Lenin to correct and make a final editing of Pyatakov’s theses and his outline report.

6) To have Pyatakov make his report about an hour long, at most one hour and a half.

7) To instruct Comrade Pyatakov to cite the most concise principal figures showing the successful development of industry and trade under the New Economic Policy, and the significance of this for rehabilitating the Republic’s economy.

8) To take into consideration Lenin’s statement that if his health allows him, he will attend Pyatakov’s report and will take the floor after him for a short supplementary statement or communication, not in the nature of a report.[3]



[1] See Document 615 of this volume, and Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Document 232.—Ed.

[2] See present edition, Vol. 32, pp. 453–61.—Ed.


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