A Letter to Alexander Tsiurupa with a Draft Resolution for the All-Russia Central Executive Committee and a Note to the Members of the Politbureau of the CC, RCP(b)

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 28 November 1921

Written 28 and 30 November, 1921
Published: First published in part in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Published in full in 1964 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 44. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Second Printing, Progress Publishers, 1942, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 365-366a.


Comrade Tsyurupa,

My plan has matured:

In addition to the post of Deputy Chairman of the Council

of Labour and Defence held by Rykov (with the right of casting vote in the Council of People’s Commissars) the post of second deputy chairman of the CLD is instituted on equal terms. Tsyurupa is appointed to this post and released from the Food Commissariat.

The rights of these deputies: a casting vote in the CPC and the C,L.D.; the chairing of the meetings in the absence of the chairman. All the rights of CPC chairman as far as participation in all boards and institutions is concerned, and (inter alia) the right to give instructions in regard to the practical work (subject to immediate execution) to People’s Commissars and to members of their boards, etc. (with the knowledge and consent of the commissars of the government departments concerned) on questions pertaining to the integration and direction of the economic commissariats’ activities.

That is how I conceive the official decision of the All Russia Central Executive Committee.[1]

The task is to integrate and improve the economic work AS A WHOLE, especially in connection with and through the State Bank (trade) and the State Planning Commission.

To make a first-hand study of the specific features and work of all the economic commissariats and an acquaintance with all the members of their boards and a number (10-100) of local and regional top workers in this field.

To personally attend important board meetings of the respective commissariats, the State Planning Commission, the State Bank, Centrosoyuz, etc. and check personally, at the choice of the Deputy Chairmen of the CLD, those functions which are considered most vital or of special topicality.

For how long these posts will be, “we shall see”: perhaps 3-4 years, perhaps 30 years.

One of the objects is to develop a highly trained type of instructor-inspector to check and organise all economic work at all economic institutions centrally and locally.

The deputy chairmen conduct their work through the apparatus of the existing commissariats, having only the Managing Department of the CLD as their own body (4-5 CLD business managers with 1-2 assistants and 1-2 secretaries to each assistant).

The business manager of the CLD, his assistants and secretaries form the sole single staff of the CLD as a whole and of both its deputy chairmen.

Let me have your reply not later than WEDNESDAY. Return this.

With communist greetings, Lenin

To members of the Politbureau: I have received A.D. Tsyurupa’s consent to this tentative plan and ask all the members of the Politbureau to read it. I want to put it before the Politbureau tomorrow, 1.XII.



  1. This part of Lenin’s letter was a draft for the Pclitbureau. The latter’s decision, adopted on December 1, 1921, on Lenin’s report, stated that “Comrade Tsyurupa shall be relieved of the post of People’s Commissar for Food and appointed Second Deputy Chairman of the C.L.D with a casting vote in the CLD and the CPC, the appointment to be endorsed by the Presidium of the ACEC.” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the CC of the CPSU). A similar wording was used in the decision of the ACEC confirming the appointment of A. D. Tsyurupa to the post of Second Deputy Chairman of the CLD (see Izvestia No. 272, December 3, 1921).