V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in part in 1925 in the book, M. D. Orakhelashvili, Lenin i ZSFSR (Lenin and the Transcaucasian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic). Tiflis. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 577c-578a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Sergo:

Both Stalin and Sokolnikov have turned out to be against appropriations for an electric-power station near Tiflis.

Compromise: Tumanov’s trip.

Pay particular attention to this (it also involves the question of tea, etc.).

Collect all the material (for the business manager).

Send me both the material and a short summary (for me personally). This will be a hard fight.[1]



[1] During the discussion of appropriations for the construction of the Zemo-Avchal Hydropower Station near Tiflis, A. S. Svanidze, agent for the People’s Commissariat for Finance of the R.S.F.S.R. and the People’s Commissariat for Finance of the Transcaucasian Federation, declared that the Tiflis Soviet, had enough resources to build the station without Moscow aid. This standpoint was upheld by Stalin and Sokolnikov. In view of the differences on this question, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. on October 12, 1922, instructed N. G. Tumanov, senior controller of the People’s Commissariat for Finance, to find out at the Georgian C.P.C. whether local resources would suffice, how much was necessary and how far a loan could be covered by Georgian tea.

This question was finally settled later. On March 1, 1923, the Politbureau, taking into account the protest of the Georgian C.P.C., the Tiflis Soviet and the power-station construction committee, and also G. K. Orjonikidze’s proposal, decided to let the Tiflis City Executive Committee have a 750,000 gold-ruble loan to cover the needs of the power station (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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