Letter to Alexander Korostelev, July 13, 1921

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 13 July 1921

First published in 192S in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 209b.

Comrade Korostelev,

Member of the Collegium,

Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection


Comrade Korostelev:

Why have you not yet done anything about the matter on which we had agreed?[1] L. B. Kamenev says: You have put off your report to the Presidium of the Moscow Soviet of Deputies.

Where’s the hitch?

Are there any special reasons? Or is it that you have changed your mind? Perhaps you have failed to reach agreement with someone?

Please let me have an answer to these questions as soon as possible, and also telephone me, in case of need. This is an extremely important and urgent matter.

With communist greetings,


  1. In a talk with A. A. Korostelev, member of the Collegium of the People’s Commissariat for Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection, in early July 1921, Lenin proposed that a Commission for Assisting the Economic Bodies should be set up under this People’s Commissariat. Korostelev was to report on the matter to the Presidium of the Moscow Soviet. However, the report was not heard at the scheduled time because of the simultaneous opening of the Third Gubernia Congress of Soviets, and was given to the new executive committee of the Moscow Soviet on July 15, 1921.
    Attaching great importance to the work of the Commission, Lenin insisted on having regular progress reports (see present edition, Vol. 35, Document 291; Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 53, Document 133).