V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 25, 1922
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected, Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 570b-571a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Pyatakov:

Here is a rough record of our conversation of yesterday.

1) Comrade Pyatakov is to organise (and tighten up in a military fashion) the State Planning Commission apparatus itself (or the apparatus of the State Planning Commission itself); mainly through an executive business manager. He himself should give this matter some 30 minutes a day as a maximum.

2) Comrade Pyatakov’s main task is: a) verification of the state-wide plan, above all the economic plan, chiefly from the standpoint of the apparatus as a whole; b) reduction of the apparatus, including our trusts; c) verification of the proportion between the various sections of the state apparatus; d) work to reduce the cost of the state apparatus on the lines of an American trust: eliminate all unproductive expenditures.

3) Comrade Pyatakov is to be released from the State   Planning Commission’s current work to a maximum (roughly, an hour a day).

Think this over, show Krzhizhanovsky and reply to me.[1]



[1] On October 2, 1922, G. L. Pyatakov informed C.P.C. secretary Maria Glyasser that he had not replied to Lenin’s letter because G. M. Krzhizhanovsky had not yet returned to Moscow.

The register of Lenin’s outgoing documents has the following entry under the “Execution” head: “Settled by a personal talk between Vladimir Ilyich and Pyatakov.”

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