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V. I. Lenin

LETTER TO THE CONGRESS


and


GRANTING
LEGISLATIVE FUNCTIONS
TO THE STATE PLANNING COMMISSION

Dictated in December 1922-
January 1923
 
Published in 1956 in the journal
Kommunist No. 9 and as a pamphlet

  

Printed from
the shorthand notes
 
 
 

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1966

Vol. 36, pp. 591-604.

Translated from the Russian
by Andrew Rothstein
Edited by Yuri Sdobnikov



Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@marx2mao.org (May 2000)
(Corrected October 2003)

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LETTER TO THE CONGRESS[653]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Addition to the Letter of December 24, 1922 . . . . . .

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GRANTING LEGISLATIVE FUNCTIONS TO THE STATE
PLANNING COMMISSION  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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(ADDITION TO THE SECTION ON INCREASING THE NUM-
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NOTES



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    NOTES

      [653] This is known as Lenin's "Testament " and was dictated from December 23 to 26, 1922, and the Addition to the Letter of December 24, 1922, on January 4, 1923.
        This letter, like those that follow, are part of Lenin's last works, which are equivalent to an outline programme. They are "Pages from a Diary", "On Co-operation", "Our Revolution (Apropos of N. Sukhanov's Notes)", "How We Should Reorganise the Workers' and Peasants' Inspection (Recommendation to the Twelfth Party Congress", and "Better Fewer, But Better", and were dictated in January and February 1923 and published at the time in Pravda (see present edition, Vol. 33)
        Lenin considered it necessary to have the present letter made known to the Party Congress after his death. Accordingly, it was read out to the delegations of the Thirteenth Congress which was held from May 23 to 31, 1924. The Congress unanimously decided

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    not to publish the letter, because it was addressed to the Congress and had not been intended for the press.
        The letters mentioned above were, under a decision of the Central Committee of the C.P.S.U., read out to the delegates of the Twentieth Party Congress, and then circulated among Party organisations.
        In accordance with the instruction of the Central Committee of the C.P.S.U., the letters were published in the magazine Kommunist No. 9 in 1956 and issued in pamphlet form in a mass edition.    [p. 591]

      [654] A reference to the capitulatory behaviour of Zinoviev and Kamenev at the sittings of the Party Central Committee on October 10 (23) and 16 (29), 1917, when they spoke and voted against Lenin's resolution on immediate preparations for an armed uprising. Though they were given a firm rebuff at both sittings, they issued a statement in the Menshevik Novaya Zhizn (October 18) about the Bolshevik preparations for the uprising, which, they said, was a gamble. In this manner, they gave away to Rodzyanko and Kerensky a great Party secret. That same day, Lenin, in his "Letter to Bolshevik Party Members", condemned their behaviour and said it was an unprecedented act of strike-breaking (see present edition, Vol. 26, pp. 216-19).    [p. 595]