Draft Decision for the CC, RCP(b) (May 9, or 10, 1921)

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 9 May 1921

Written May 9 or 10, 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, pages 300b-301a.

This draft was adopted by the Politbureau of the CC, RCP(b) at its meeting on May 10, 1921, devoted to the question of “Directives to the Georgian Comrades”.

The CC of the RCP, having discussed Svanidze’s telegram to Stalin No. 2031 dated 8/V, finds that the Georgian comrades are making a serious political mistake in not using an iron hand to put a stop to requisitions, confiscations, thefts and evictions of foreigners from their houses.

The CC resolves:

1) that the Georgian Revolutionary Committee be directed to issue immediately an order strictly prohibiting all such acts on pain of arrest and prosecution. A copy of this order to be sent to the CC

2) that the Georgian Revolutionary Committee immediately institute investigations’ first, into the breaking open of the Germano-Caucasian Bank’s store-room and the removal of documents. The guilty parties to be arrested. Documents to be returned. Secondly, ditto in regard to the goods of the Italo-Caucasian Bank. Thirdly, ditto in regard to the carload of textiles seized at Kutaisi.

3) that the Georgian Revolutionary Committee, by arrangement with the Command of the Caucasian Front, shall without delay appoint two of the most energetic, firm and resourceful Communists, one from the Caucasian Front, and one from the Georgian Revolutionary Committee, to supervise the cessation of requisitions, thefts, confiscations and evictions in regard to foreigners. The names of the appointed men to be communicated to us by telegraph. The CC places responsibility for the enforcement of these measures upon Makharadze and Gittis. The two controllers to be invested with special powers and the right to make arrests for the slightest infringements. The two controllers to wire brief reports here weekly.

The CC draws the attention of the Georgian comrades to the extremely important significance of Georgia and her trade with Italy and Germany for the whole RSFSR, especially in view of America’s and France’s attempts to obstruct all our trade relations with foreign countries. Negligence in carrying out these directives will be regarded by the CC as a crime against Soviet power.