On November 30 the Politbureau endorsed the decision of the C.C.'s Orgbureau of November 20 to convene the plenum of the C.C. on December 15.
This refers to the article "A Talk with Peshekhonov".
Adoratsky, V. V. -- a scholar, prominent propagandist of Marxism. At Lenin's request, prepared a volume of selected letters of K. Marx and F. Engels.
F. Engels, Political Testament (Unpublished Letters). Moscow 1923. The Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism has a copy of this book that belonged to Lenin with his note to the librarian: "Keep on the shelf. 30/XI. 1922. Lenin " (see Biblioteka Lenina v Kremle [Lenin's Library in the Kremlin], Moscow, 1961, p. 56).
Syrtsov, S. I. -- member of the staff of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.)
Knipovich, N. M. -- Professor, head of the Azov Expedition whose main object was to make a general survey of the Azov-Black Sea Basin for fish industry revival.
Apparently Lenin is referring to the article by F. Kin (Frumkin) "Specialists (An Essay at Statistical Survey)" published September 3, 1922 in Pravda No. 197.
See present edition, Vol. 35, pp. 559-60.
The letter to A. I. Svidersky, Member of the Board of the People's Commissariat of the Workers' and Peasants' Inspection, was signed by Lenin on December 5.
Belenky, A. Y. -- member of the staff of the State Political Administration (G.P.U.).
On Lenin's instructions, M. I. Frumkin, Deputy People's Commissar for Trade and Industry, drew up a report "Brief
Material on the State of Foreign Trade", which he sent in on December 4.
This refers to A. G. Mikhailovsky's memorandum on the country's financial and economic position and the theses by A. M. Krasnoshchokov, Deputy People's Commissar for Finance, on the financing of industry.
V. A. Avanesov had sent the findings of the C.P.C. Commission on the State Monopoly of Foreign Trade. Lenin read them carefully, made corrections, marginal notes and marks.
On December 4 Gorbunov wrote in the book of orders: "Be posted on Kyshtym Works affair, prepare basic figures concerning the financing of the metallurgical industry, ditto the Donbas and Azneft, study the system of working up census data" (apparently the census of Soviet employees in Moscow and Petrograd, carried out in October-November 1922. --Ed.) (see Istoricheski Archiv, 1961, No. 5, p. 61).
On returning to his office Lenin dictated a letter to I. I. Khodorovsky asking for information concerning patronage by urban cells of the R.C.P. over village cells and vice versa (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 315-16). Lenin intended to mention this in his report to the Tenth All-Russia Congress of Soviets (see present edition, Vol. 36, p. 589). He dealt with this in his article "Pages From a Diary" (see present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 465-66).
A. L. Kolegavev visited Lenin in connection with fulfilment of the decision of the C.P.C. of November 16, 1922, on the question of subsidies to state theatres.
Zhukov, I. P. -- a power engineer.
See Vol. 33 of this edition, p. 446, and Vol. 54 of the Fifth Russian Edition, p. 316.
Holtzmann, A. Z. -- Chief of Central Electricity Board of the Supreme Economic Council. Lavrentyev, P. F. -- his deputy.
G. Reyes. Nuevas y viejas rutas. Buenos Aires, 1922 (New and Old Ways ). The book was sent to Lenin from the Secretariat of the Comintern Executive, and returned on December 7 for translation (see Biblioteka Lenina v Kremle [Lenin's Library in the Kremlin] Moscow, 1961, p. 665).
See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 447-51.
The list contains the following members of the delegation: J. Hans Chairman of the Trade Unions Association of Czechoslovakia Hamosta, Chairman of the Municipal Workers Trade
Union, Fránek, member of the Building Workers Trade Union, Richter, member of the Transport Workers Trade Union, Chapera, representative of the Gas and Electrical Industry Workers Trade Union. The delegation conveyed to Lenin greetings from the Czechoslovak workers.
Popov, P. I. -- Superintendent of the Central Statistical Board.
Antselovich, N. M. -- an official of the All-Russian Central Council of Trade unions.
L. A. Fotieva sent letters to member of the Board of the People's Commissariat for Education V. N. Yakovleva and to L. B. Kamenev on the question of providing the pupils and teachers of all the schools with bread, and the following letter to Lenin's deputies: "To Kamenev and Tsyurupa. Vladimir Ilyich requests you by Monday (December 9. --Ed.) to look through all the materials on the 'Vishnevsky-Popov' question in order to arrange a conference on Monday with Vladimir Ilyich and Rykov to decide our policy in regard to the Central Statistical Board."
Eiduk, A. V. -- chairman of the Commission on Agricultural and Industrial Immigration. Dovgalevsky, V. S. -- People's Commissar for Post and Telegraph.
Lenin wanted to see Board Member N. L. Meshcheryakov of the People's Commissariat for Education about a flat for Professor N. I. Averbach, the eye specialist.
See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 452-53.
Eighteen questions were examined at the meeting of the Politbureau: the Note on the Straits, the proceedings of the Moscow conference on disarmament, the report of the State Supplies Commission, grain exports, agricultural loans, the wage fund for December 1922, the reports at the Tenth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, the question of N. A. Rozhkov, member of the C.C. of the Menshevik party, and other questions.
Fotieva sent the following note to A. M. Nazaretyan: "Vladimir Ilyich suggests that Unschlicht's four proposals on the question of issuing credentials to deportees should be adopted." I. S. Unschlicht, Deputy Chairman of the G.P.U., proposed that the People's Commissariats should be prohibited from issuing credentials to persons subject to administrative deportation.
Lenin asked Yakovleva to keep him informed about the work of the commission appointed on his motion by the Politbureau in the morning of December 7 to prepare the calculations for fully providing the pupils and teachers of all the schools with bread (see p. 429 of this volume).
Before leaving for Gorki, Lenin also left written orders to Gorbunov and Fotieva on the manner in which he was to be informed of any documents coming in from the C.C. of the R.C.P.(B.) (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, p. 318). Lenin instructed his secretaries to send Tsyurupa and Rykov his proposals of December 4 concerning distribution of functions among the deputy chairmen of the C.P.C. and the C.L.D. (see pp. 428-29 of this volume).
The minutes of the Politbureau meeting on December 7 were sent to Lenin after his talk with Fotieva, who informed him of the decisions the Politbureau had adopted after his departure.
Lenin dictated to Volodicheva a letter to Stalin protesting against
the decision of the Politbureau concerning Rozhkov and proposing that this question be referred to the plenum of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.). The letter also dealt with the work of S. A. Lozovsky in the Profintern (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 320-21).
The telegram referred to asked permission for the Soviet delegation at the Lausanne Conference to declare that the Soviet Government agreed to a conference of Black Sea states on the question of ensuring safety of navigation in the Black Sea.
See present edition, Vol. 33, p. 454.
See pp. 429-30 of this volume.
The C.C., R.C.P.(B.) plenum, scheduled for December 15, was put off to December 17.
This evidently refers to Lenin's proposals concerning the distribution of functions among the deputy chairmen of the C.P.C. and the C.L.D. (see pp. 430-32 of this volume) and his letter concerning the routine work of the deputies and chairman of the C.P.C. (ibid., pp. 430-32).
This refers to Lenin's letter to Lazzari (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 322-23). Boris Souvarine -- delegate to the Fourth Congress of the Comintern; Lenin, in this instance, used his services as a translator.
See Vol. 33 of this edition, pp. 335-43.
The voting was on the Politbureau's decision (on the telegram of December 7) concerning the sentence in the trial of the Socialist-Revolutionaries in Baku. Lenin voted "for". The Politbureau decided on December 14 not to object.
Frumkin's comments on the theses of the C.P.C. Commission concerning the inspection of R.S.F.S.R. trade agencies abroad were received on December 11 and reported to Lenin on December 13.
The mail registration book had down Lenin's letter to Frumkin under No. 8605. Under No. 8606 were instructions to Gorbunov to prepare for Lenin by Tuesday (December 12) the proofs of the book Na Novikh Putyakh. Itogi novoi ekonomicheskoi politiki 1921-1922. Trudi pod redaktsiei komissii STO (On a New Path. Results of the New Economic Policy for 1921-1922. Papers edited by the C.L.D. Commission ). Moscow, C.L.D. Publishing House, 1923 (Instalment II, Finances, Instalment III, Industry).
Dzerzhinsky informed Lenin of the results of the Politbureau Commission's trip to Georgia to investigate the conflict between the Transcaucasian Committee and the Mdivani group. Lenin recalled this talk on January 24, 1923 (see p. 484 of this volume).
Stomonyakov, B. S. -- Trade Representative of the R.S.F.S.R. in Germany.
See Note 492 in this volume.
[Note 492: . -- DJR]
In this letter Lenin once more protested against the Politbureau's decision of December 7 by which the Menshevik Rozhkov was allowed to live in Moscow. See also Note 584 in this volume.
Lenin stated in his letters that he was unable to attend the forthcoming plenum of the C.C. He expressed his views on how his stand on the question of the foreign trade monopoly should be defended at the plenum and emphasised that vacillation on this question was inadmissible.
See pp. 432-33 of this volume.
See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 455-59.
Yaroslavsky, Y. M. -- Chairman of the C.P.C. Commission on the inspection of all R.S.F.S.R. trade agencies abroad.
Lenin asked Avanesov to read his letter to the plenum of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on the question of the foreign trade monopoly and send his suggestions (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, p. 325).
On December 14, the Politbureau revoked its decision of December 7 and resolved to banish Rozhkov to Pskov, warning him that at his first anti-Soviet act he would be sent out of the country.
This refers to Lenin's letter to the plenum of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.), concerning the monopoly of foreign trade (see present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 455-59 [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's "Re the Monopoly of Foreign Trade". -- DJR]).
In this letter Lenin expressed the hope that the plenum would adopt a decision confirming the unalterable principle of the foreign trade monopoly, since some of those who had voted against the monopoly at the October plenum had adopted a correct stand (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 325-26).
See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 460-61. [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's "Letter to J. V. Stalin for Members of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.)". -- DJR]
In his letter Lenin stressed the need for having the question of the foreign trade monopoly discussed at the plenum of the C.C. and having it raised at the next congress of the Party (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 325-26).
On the night of December 16 Lenin's health took a sharp turn for the worse. Paralysis of the right arm and right leg set in. Then he began gradually to recover the use of his arm and leg.
Kozhevnikov, A. M. -- Neuropathologist in attendance on Lenin.
In this letter Lenin expressed his views on the distribution of duties among the deputy chairmen of the C.P.C. and the C.L.D., and on the need for making brief notes during the reception of visitors; he also suggested that a meeting of deputies be held without him on the question of the Central Statistical Board (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, p. 327).
Pakaln, P. P. -- chief of Lenin's bodyguard at Gorki.
Foerster, O. R. -- German neuropathologist, Professor; consulted the physicians attending Lenin.
The plenum of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) held on December 18, supported Lenin's proposals and confirmed the unalterable principle of foreign trade monopoly. The plenum adopted a special decision for him to be informed, by arrangement with his doctors, of the plenum's resolution and report.
On the night of December 23 paralysis of the right arm and right leg set in.
Lenin dictated his Letter to the Congress of the Party on December 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 1922 and January 4, 1923 (see present edition, Vol. 36, pp: 593-97, 603-04). The letter dictated on December 23 was forwarded to Stalin by the secretariat the same day.
At this time the Tenth All-Russia Congress of Soviets was being held (from December 23 to 27, 1922).
"All the article and documents," Volodicheva wrote later, in 1929, "which Lenin dictated between December 1922 (the 20th) and the beginning of March 1923 were typed at his request in five copies, one of which he asked to leave for him, three copies to be given to Nadezhda Konstantinovna, and one to his secretariat (strictly secret). The copy to be sent to Pravda retyped fair with all his final corrections and changes was looked through by Lenin, after which it was passed on to Maria Ilyinichna. The three copies that Nadezhda Konstantinovna had received were also corrected. The rough copies were burnt by me. He asked that the sealed envelopes in which the copies of the documents were kept should be marked to the effect that they could only be opened by V. I. Lenin, and after his death by Nadezhda Konstantinovna. I did not write the words 'and after his death' on the envelopes. Lenin's copies were kept in a file and corded for more convenient use."
B. V. Titlinov, Novaya Tserkov (The New Church ), Petrograd, Moscow, 1923. After the corresponding entry in the "Books Issued Journal", librarian Manucharyants wrote the following note: "In January Nadezhda Konstantinovna asked for literature for Vladimir Ilyich on the co-operatives. Khinchuk sent the following 1) Meshcheryakov, Co-operation and Socialism. 2) Chayanov, Basic Ideas and Forms of Organisation of Peasant Co-operation. 3) Tugan-Baranovsky, The Social Foundations of Co-operation. 4) Prokopovich, The Co-operative Movement in Russia, Its Theory and Practice. " and some other books.
This refers to Lenin's article "Our Revolution (Apropos of N. Sukhanov's Notes )" (see present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 476-79).
See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 481-86. First variant -- pp. 433-40 of this volume. [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's "Materials to the Article 'How We Should Reorganize the Workers' and Peasants' Inspection'". -- DJR]
Khloplyankin, M. I. -- Board member of the People's Commissariat for Labour.
The next day (January 21) Volodicheva asked for the following magazines to be sent to Lenin: Sotsialisticheski Vestnik No. 1, Sovremenniye Zapiski, v. XIII and Zarya Nos. 9-10.
The report of the Dzerzhinsky commission was discussed at a meeting of the Politbureau on January 25, 1923. The commission's proposals were endorsed.
Lenin is referring to the books: P. M. Kerzhentsev, Printsipi Organizatsii (Principles of Organisation ), Petrograd, 1922; O. A. Yermansky, Nauchnaya Organizatsia Truda i Systema
Taylora (The Scientific Organisation of Labour and the Taylor System ), Moscow, 1922. These books are mentioned in Lenin's article "Better Fewer, But Better" (see Vol. 33 of this edition pp. 487-502). On Yermansky's book see also Lenin's unfinished review "A Fly in the Ointment" (present edition. Vol. 33. pp. 368-69).
Reske, N. A.‹Board member of the People's Commissariat for Workers' and Peasants' Inspection.
On February 1 the Politbureau allowed the materials of the Dzerzhinsky Commission on the Georgian question to be given out.
Fotieva wrote down the following instructions of Lenin: "1) Why was the old C.C. of the C.P. of Georgia accused of deviationism. 2) What breach of Party discipline were they blamed for. 3) Why the Transcaucasian Committee is accused of suppressing the C.C. of the C.P. of Georgia. 4) The physical means of suppression ('biomechanics'). 5) The line of the C.C. (of the R.C.P.(B.) --Ed.) in Vladimir Ilyich's absence and in his presence. 6) Attitude of the Commission. Did it examine only the accusations against the C.C. of the C.P. of Georgia or also against the Transcaucasian Committee? Did it examine the 'biomechanics' incident? 7) The present situation (the election campaign, the Mensheviks, suppression, national discord)" (Central Party Archives, Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.C., C.P.S.U.).
See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 487-502.
On February 2, through Krupskaya, Lenin asked for the following books to be obtained for him from M. P. Pavlovich: A. Y. Khodorov. Mirovoi imperializm i Kitai (Opit Polit.-ekonom. issledovaniya) (World Imperialism and China. An Essay at Politico-Economic Research ). Shanghai, 1922, and M. P. Pavlovich. Sovietskaya Rossia i imperialisticheskaya Yaponia (Soviet Russia and Imperialist Japan ). These books were delivered to Lenin in the evening together with A. M. Khinchuk's book Tsentrosoyuz v usloviakh novoi ekonomicheskoi politiki (Centrosoyuz Under the New Economic Policy ), Moscow, 1922.
This refers to the census of Soviet employees carried out in Moscow and Petrograd in October-November 1922.
This refers to Lenin's "The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky".
Apparently, on December 27 or 28 Lenin dictated his note on the subjects of his future work:
"The letter about increasing the number of Central Committee members omits mention of the ratio of the members of the enlarged Central Committee to the Workers' and Peasants' Inspection.
"Subjects to be dealt with:
"1. Centrosoyuz and its significance in the light of the NEP.
"2. Correlation between Chief Board for Vocational Education and general educational work among the people.
"3. The national question and internationalism (in the light of the recent conflict in the Georgian party).
"4. The new book of public education statistics published in 1922."
Lenin asked, among others, for the following books (in Russian --Ed.): V. S. Rozhitsin. Modern Science and Marxism. Kharkov, 1922; S. Y. Semkovsky. Marxism as a Teaching Subject. Report at the All-Ukraine Pedagogical Conference (July 1922). Kharkov, 1922; M. Alsky. Our Finances During the Civil War and NEP. Moscow, 1923; S. N. Faulkner. Turning-Point in the Crisis of World Industry. Moscow, 1922; G. Tsiperovich. By Ourselves! (Results of 5 Years of Economic Development). Petrograd, 1922; L. Axelrod (Orthodox). Against Idealism. A Criticism of Certain Idealistic Trends in Philosophical Thought. Collection of Articles. Moscow-Petrograd, 1922; Arthur Drews, Die Christusmythe. Moscow, 1923; P. G. Kurlov. The End of Russian Tsarism. Reminiscences of an ex-commander of the gendarmery. Moscow-Petrograd, 1920; S. I. Kanatchikov. Topics of the Day (Pages of Proletarian Ideology). Petrograd, 1923; I. A. Modzalevsky. Proletarian Mythmaking (On Ideological Deviations in Modern Proletarian Poetry). Semipalatinsk, 1922.
Fotieva wrote down the following: "Vladimir Ilyich's instructions that a hint be given to Soltz (A. A. Soltz, member of the presidium of the Central Control Commission, R.C.P.(B.) --Ed.) that he (Lenin) was on the side of the injured party. Some one or other of the injured party was to be given to understand he was on their side.
"3 moments: 1. One should not fight. 2. Concessions should be made. 3. One cannot compare a large state with a small one.
"Did Stalin know? Why didn't he react?
"The name 'deviationist' for a deviation towards chauvinism and Menshevism proves the same deviation with the dominant-national chauvinists.
"Collect printed matter for Vladimir Ilyich."
Between February 15 and March 4 no entries were made in the Journal.
Lenin asked Trotsky to uphold the "Georgian case" at the plenum of the C.C. Trotsky, pleading illness, said he could not take upon himself such an obligation (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, p. 329). [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's letter of March 5, 1923, "To L. D. Trotsky" . -- DJR]
This refers to Lenin's letter to Stalin, copies of which were sent to Kamenev and Zinoviev (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 329-30). [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's letter of March 5, 1923, "To Comrade Stalin". -- DJR]
Lenin stated in this letter that he was preparing a memorandum and speech on the Georgian question (see Collected Works, Vol. 54, Fifth Russian Edition, p. 330). [Transcriber's Note: See Lenin's letter of March 6, 1923, "To P. G. Mdivavi, F. Y. Makharadze and Others". -- DJR]
At this point the entries break off.
The text beginning with the words: "Nadezhda Konstantinovna asked. . . "is written in the Journal in shorthand; this was deciphered by Volodicheva on July 14, 1956.