First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI.
Printed from a typewritten copy with Lenin’s corrections and signature.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 581.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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October 20, 1922.
The American tractor team, led by Comrade Harold Ware, which is working in Okhansk Uyezd, on the territory of Perm Gubernia, has achieved considerable results, although it has been working only a short time. Altogether, up to 1,500 dessiatines has been ploughed up, of which almost 1,000 dessiatines has been sown to winter grain crops.
But for the usual drawbacks in our practice, the said group would have undoubtedly succeeded in achieving even greater results.
Your report, however, mentions the shortage of gasoline and lubricating oil, and the shortage of building workers, but says nothing about what the Gubernia Executive Committee has done to straighten things out.
It is absolutely intolerable that such a useful undertaking does not meet with every possible support, especially on the part of local organisations, which are in a better position to analyse any obstacles and help to remove them.
Please give the maximum support to this group, and, in particular, help implement their proposals for the efficient use of tractors, supply of gasoline, establishment of a repair shop, housing construction, etc.
The assistance being extended to us by the American agricultural groups is most desirable and timely. Our task in all this is mainly to help them carry out their ideas with the least possible delay.
Please inform me of the results of your measures through Comrade Smolyaninov, and also of any specially important current needs which you are unable to meet yourself.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars