Letter to Alexander Tsiurupa, March 8, 1921

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 8 March 1921

First published in part in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 52. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 94c-95a.

Comrade Tsyurupa:

We shall probably call our commission tonight,[1] (we shall hardly have any time during the day, after the opening[2], although we shall try).

The question is pivoted on “turnover”, free economic exchange for the peasantry.

You have not gone into the question deeply enough, since you were arguing against Rakovsky (I had no time for a rejoinder). The whole point is to be able to promote commerce, exchange (both export abroad from the south and exchange with the factories). Otherwise, we shall collapse.

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Think about this and find a formula to insert this.

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2) Ask for these figures right away; how much grain we gave in January 1921 and in February (if there are no figures for the whole of February, then for one-third or two-thirds of it) 1921. How much imported, and how much altogether.


  1. A reference to the commission set up at the Plenum of the RCP(b) Central Committee on March 7, 1921, to draft a law substituting a tax in kind for the surplus-food requisitioning, which was then adopted by the Tenth Congress of the RCP(b). On the commission were Lenin (Chairman), A. D. Tsyurupa, L. B. Kamenev and G. I. Petrovsky.
  2. A reference to the opening of the Tenth Congress of the RCP(b)