Dictated: Dictated by phone on August 6, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 242a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I have received a copy of your letter to Dzerzhinsky concerning shipbuilding. I agree with you that we should not now build seagoing steamships. I believe that military considerations indicate the same thing. It is undoubtedly necessary to intensify the construction of tankers for the oil fleet, especially in the Caspian Sea and on the Volga. I ask you to:
1) request an official Gosplan opinion on this matter;
2) ratify a precise decision at an official conference of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and the People’s Commissariat for Railways, and, if there is any other department concerned, include it as well.