V. I.   Lenin


To:   D. I. KURSKY

Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 473b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
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Comrade Kursky
Copy to Comrade Tsyurupa
” to Comrade Gorbunov

Comrade Kursky:

I am unable to have a look at the draft decree on bills of exchange and civil obligations. I think it is absolutely necessary for us to have in this law complete guarantees of the rights of our state not only to full audit and control, but also to annulment on serious state grounds. Please let me have your opinion on this matter (a few lines, not more than one page) and send me two or three extracts of articles giving us such guarantees. I conclude from Comrade Gorbunov’s words that there must be such articles in the draft.[1]

With communist greetings,


[1] In a letter to Lenin on February 16, 1922, D. I. Kursky wrote that the guarantee of the state’s rights provided for in the articles of the general pact of the Statute of Obligations, which specified the cases when contracts were invalid, and in the article of the draft Statute of the Administration of State Enterprises, which laid down that there could be no adjudication from the fixed capital of a state enterprise; in addition, the draft Criminal Code contained an article “inflicting punishment for mismanagement by a stale enterprise manager of the business assigned to him”. Kursky wrote: “As a preventive measure there is need for control by the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection and specification of the statute of the W.P.I.’s right to audit the leased enterprises, for which there is already a C.C. assignment” (Central Party Archives of the institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee). See also, this volume, Documents  629 and 657.

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