V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on March 1, 1922
Published: First published in the newspaper Kooperativnaya Zhizn No. 255, November 6–7, 1927. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 569.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copies to Comrades Molotov and Tsyurupa

Comrade Tikhomirov,

In my opinion, no alterations are needed.

It is not the co-operative movement that should be adapted to the New Economic Policy, but the New Economic Policy to the co-operative movement.

The parallel with the trade unions is incorrect, a parallel with the Soviets would be nearer the truth.

The old structure should be retained. All attention and all effort should be concentrated on selecting people (this is our weak spot), and getting the better of private trade.

Everything towards this end.

No reorganisations.

Are there any practical successes? I am afraid, not.

Turnover Sept.—1
Dec.—10 million pre-war rubles? and Jan.—1922?

What is the percentage of expenses? Are the local cooperatives growing weaker or stronger?

With communist greetings,


[1] Differences on organisation appeared among workers in consumers’ co-operative societies in early 1922. There was the question of separating workers’ co-operatives from the rest, and this was generally accepted among the leadership and rank-and-file cooperators. One of them, Tikhomirov, informed Lenin of this mood, and was sent the present note in reply.

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