V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on November 6, 1922
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from a typewritten text signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 591b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Krzhizhanovsky, State Planning Commission
Copy to Comrade Sokolnikov, People’s Commissariat for Finance

I am sending you copies of two letters from Comrade Chubar, in which he argues that the decision of the Council of Labour and Defence, of October 13, about Donbas has been overthrown by life itself.[1]

The question should be urgently reviewed in full, with the participation of the People’s Commissariat for Finance and the All-Russia Central T.U.C. It is necessary, at all costs, to find a solution for all questions, ensuring the normal operation of Donbas, and making it independent of the continued decline in the ruble’s rate.

I consider this to be of exceptional urgency and request the State Planning Commission specially to concentrate on this work.[2]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] A reference to the C.L.D. decision of October 13, 1922. telling prices for fuel for planned consumers.

In his letters, V. Y. Chubar, head of the State Coal Industry of Donbas, pointed out the discrepancy between the established firm price for coal and the declining rate of the ruble, adding that the Slate Planning Commission’s calculations lagged behind life and placed the industry in an impossible situation. He requested a settlement of this question.

[2] On Lenin’s instruction, the State Planning Commission submitted to the Council of Labour and Defence a report on the financing of Donbas. This question was discussed by the C.L.D. on November 15 and 17, 1922, and by the C.P.C. on November 24, The C.P.C. noted the especial importance of regular operations in the coal and oil industry for the country’s economy, and recognised the need “firmly to provide these branches of the fuel industry with the full amount of real funds required for the implementation of their production programme, and for that purpose to establish, by way of exception, special terms of payment for coal and oil” (Sobranie uzakonenii i rasporyazhenii rabochego i krestyanskogo pravitelstva, No. 79, 1922, p. 993).

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