V. I.   Lenin

Draft Resolution for the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on the Letter of Tsektran Officials[1]

Written: Written January 31, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 3nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 42, page 269b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The question being quite clear, I propose that we confine ourselves to questioning of members of the C.C. I move the following resolution:

That at such short notice on the eve of the congress (both the congress of Tsektran and the congress of the R.C.P.) it is absolutely impossible and inadmissible to release anyone from work. The slightest instance of any “persecution”, i.e., any polemics detrimental to the work of transport, which develop into attacks destructive of discipline will be severely punished by the C.C, which asks that all such instances be brought to its notice.”




[1] Tsektran-Central Committee of the Joint Trade Union of Rail and Water Transport Workers. On January 26, 1021, thirteen members of Tsektran wrote to the C.C. of the R.CP.(B.) asking to be relieved of their duties as members of the Union’s Central Committee. One of the reasons given was that criticism of Tsektran’s methods of work during the trade union controversy allegedly created an impression among railwaymen and water transport workers that the Central Committee of the Party censured the whole past and present activities of Tsektran. The signatories described criticism of the work of Tsektran as persecution on the part of a group of water transport workers as well as of some members of the Party’s C.C. and of the Presidium of the A.C.C.T.U. Lenin’s motion in connection with the letter was adopted by the Politbureau on January 31.

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