V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from a typewritten copy signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 582b-583a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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A number of newspaper articles have noted the absolutely extraordinary success scored by some American agricultural communes and teams who had brought their tractors along with them. It has been established in a special check-up that excellent work has been done by the   tractor team led by Harold Ware in the Toikino State Farm, Perm Gubernia. Besides, the Industrial Immigration Department of the Supreme Economic Council is in possession of similar information concerning the work of agricultural communes in Kirsanov Uyezd, Tambov Gubernia, and in the village of Migayevo, Tiraspol Uyezd, Odessa Gubernia.

The American Society for Technical Aid to Russia is now organising nearly 200 artels with 800–1,000 tractors for dispatch to Russia. If this goes through, we shall have at least one model farm with American machinery in each uyezd, which I believe to be of great importance.

With the object of encouraging this undertaking. I have written letters of thanks to the American Society of Friends of Soviet Russia and the American Society for Technical Aid to Soviet Russia, telling them that no type of aid is as important to us or as timely as that which they arc extending to our agriculture.[1] In these letters I told them that I was sending a recommendation to the Presidium of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee that they should declare the Perm and other leading farms model ones and give them special and extraordinary assistance, both in respect of building operations, and in the supply of gasoline, metal, and other material necessary for the extension of operations and the starting of repair shops.

Please consider this question and grant my request.[2]

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


[1] See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 380, 381.—Ed.

[2] On November 9, 1922, the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C. adopted Lenin’s proposal and took this decision: “To recognise as model farms the Perm, and other outstanding farms led by teams of the American Society for Technical Aid to Soviet Russia.”

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