V. I.   Lenin



Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 438b-439a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Smolyaninov

Having looked over some of the tables, I propose that

1) clear additions in ink, in a fine hand, should always be made of absolute monthly figures (thousands or millions) (as in Table V, 4).

2) The same always in the margins of the table
pre-war figure (1913 or 1916, etc.)
such-and-such (absolute figure).

3) The whole importance of these tables lies in their being visual and comparable. That is why tables for 36 months: 1920–1921–1922, should be made to fit in the same form

(have all the 36 months 1920–1922 in one table).

17/I. Lenin

+ 4) Instead of heavy lines (/\) light lines (/\) will do: this will be simpler, clearer and easier to draw and will require fewer officials.

5) A bit of day-dreaming: have all the tables clipped into one sheaf (2 or 3, if it is too thick) to facilitate paging.

17/I. Lenin

Written on January 17, 1022
First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV
Printed from the original


[1] On Lenin’s initiative and instructions, the Managing Department of the C.L.D. set up tables characterising the development of the main branches of Soviet Russia’s national economy for 1920–21 and 1922. For the correspondence between V. A. Smolyaninov and P. I. Popov, Business Manager of the Central Statistical Board, in connection with this proposal of Lenin’s, see Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 1, 1962, pp. 51–52 and 54–55, and also No. 3, 1961, p. 71.

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