V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published In 1933 in Lenin Miscellany. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 336b-337a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov:

1) The pamphlet must be returned to the author (after making a note of its title and the author’s place of work).[1]

2) Try to find out in which libraries the book is available.

3) Write to engineer N. S. Vetchinkin, asking him whether he could write an article on this question for Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn or Izvestia.

Write a small pamphlet with the addition of conclusions from the latest (1914–1921) foreign literature.

4) Propose that the S.E.C. Presidium should establish:

(a) the keeping of a correct inventory of our road-building machinery, by agreement with the War Department;

(b) persons responsible for the inventory and use of these machines (perhaps, these responsible persons should be at the S.E.C.’s Public Works Committee?);

(c) discuss whether or not a small number of tractors should be assigned to this work to carry it on regularly.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] A reference to a pamphlet by V. D. Batyushkov and N. S. Vetchinkin, Tverdiye gruntoviye dorogi (Hard-Cover Roads). The register of Lenin’s assignments to the C.P.C. and C.L.D. contains the following entry dated September 23, 1921: “Collect information about American machines for the fast laying of highways. Vladimir Ilyich heard about these machines from Comrade Bogdanov. Establish: = 1) How many machines do we have, where and how arc they working? = 2) What is the price of such machines abroad? 3) How far have they been improved? Get this thing going. Fulfilled October 3” (Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 5, 1961, p. 42).

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