V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 23, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 568c-569a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Smolyaninov:

I am coming on 1 or 2.X. Will be in the chair on Tuesday, 3.X.[1] Meeting 5–9 hours. With a 1/4–hour break.

Warn smokers. No smoking. Strictly. Tea and smoking during the break (in the adjoining room).

Is Tsyurupa here? When he returns, arrange a meeting here of all three deputies.

If he does not arrive, have a 2–3 hour meeting on Monday: either from 11 to 2, or from 5 to 7.

You should arrange all this properly.

On Tuesday morning have the material prepared for me on the whole of the agenda.

With communist greetings,

Find out about a congress on the questions of normalisation. When? Try to attend. I am extremely interested. Have a man from the State Planning Commission attend who takes a very great interest.[2]


[1] Lenin returned to Moscow from Gorki on October 2, 1922; on October 3, he presided at a meeting of the Council of People’s Commissars which adopted a decision motioned by Lenin on organising the work of the C.P.C. See also the two following documents.

[2] A reference to the first conference in Russia to normalise the organs of administration, which was held in Moscow from September 21 to 23, 1922. In its resolution, the conference noted the unsatisfactory nature of the existing administrative techniques and organisation (dispatch of business, administration, accounting, storage facilities, etc.) and supported the experimental methods of studying administrative questions, and also recognised the need “gradually to develop a network of scientifically based experimental stations and normalisation bureaus under the People’s Commissariats and major economic establishments closely connected with the central research organisations on the questions of administration and labour”.

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