V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 22, 1922
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 482.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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22/II. Secret

Comrade Krzhizhanovsky:

In one of his letters to the C.C., Comrade Trotsky, writes about the failure of our planning organs.

This is true insofar as, for instance, the administrative side of the work at Gosplan[1] is definitely not organised.

The personal responsibility of every member of Gosplan for such-and-such (principal) functions has not been established. There is no distribution between Gosplan members of the work of “general supervision” over the plan’s fulfilment, without which everything == 0.


Conclusion: we must hasten with the draft decisions (let’s have them as soon as possible), both about Gosplan’s staffs and its Presidium (of 15 men?? I think this will make it worse, because then there will be even less personal responsibility), and the 3-man Presidium Bureau (let’s see your arguments: I think this Bureau should be the Presidium itself). I wonder who could substitute for Pyatakov for a time (until 15.V)?

The three members of the Bureau (if the C.C. confirms three: you + Pyatakov + Osadchy) should set up the administrative section anew. If Pyatakov + Osadchy are to be the administrators, they will answer with their heads for any “slip” (failure to appoint some Gosplan member to do such-and-such a job, failure to check up on his work, failure to bring some shortage to notice in good time, etc.).[2]

Hurry on with the final draft of the relationships with the planning organs of the People’s Commissariats, the composition of the Bureau, etc.

With communist greetings,


[1] The State Planning Commission.–Ed.Lenin

[2] See Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Document 333.—Ed.

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