Dictated: Dictated by phone on February 17, 1922
Published: First published in 1922 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from secretarial notes (typewritten copy).
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 476a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To Comrade Molotov for Politbureau members
Copy to Comrade Osinsky
Comrade Osinsky writes to me to say that the Politbureau has cancelled all sorts of credits made available in addition to the initial budget, and that the credits to the Shatilov Oats Trust have also been cancelled. I have made a point of looking into this business, and I must say that according to my information this is an exceptionally important undertaking which must be supported by way of exception at any cost. Unfortunately, Osinsky does not give the figures in question. Please obtain from Osinsky, Sokolnikov and Tsyurupa a short report, running to a few lines, about this matter by tomorrow morning, and have another examination of this question at the Politbureau tomorrow, summoning Osinsky to attend in the event the data submitted by Comrades Tsyurupa and Sokolnikov do not clear up the question entirely.
 Lenin believed the work of the Shatilov Oats Trust in improving plant crops to be of great importance for the stale, because he regarded it as a way of increasing agricultural productivity. On the strength of Lenin’s proposal, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C., on February 18, 1922, reviewed the question of issuing a long-term loan to the Shatilov Trust, and adopted a decision to give it financial support. On March 4, the Politbureau put the duly on the People’s Commissariat for Finance to let the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture have funds for the Shatilov Trust.
The Trust was set up on the basis of the Shatilov Agricultural Experimental Station, founded in 1896. Today, it is the Orel State Agricultural Experimental Station, a scientific research establishment of the Ministry of Agriculture of the R.S.F.S.R.