Letter to Alexei Rykov and Vyacheslav Molotov, July 7, 1921

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 7 July 1921

First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed,, Vol. 53. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 203a.

Rykov and Molotov

I have a mortal fear of shuttling. Mekhonoshin is not fit at all for work in the centre.

I feel that Babkin and Avanesov are overdoing it with the “inquiries”. I think that your commission should take no more than three hours to complete the case:


and Potyaev

should both be (politely) told off; another quarrel between you two and we shall dismiss and jail both.[1]

That’s all.

  1. A reference to the conflict between the Central Administration of the Fishing Industry (Glavryba) (Chairman A. I. Potyaev) and the People’s Commissariat for Food, in which the former insisted on its inclusion in the system of SEC administrations, while the latter wanted to retain its own control over it.
    On July 7, 1921, a commission of the RCP(b) Central Committee, set up to settle the conflict, decided that the Administration was to be left under the People’s Commissariat for Food, and ordered the heads of the two establishments to work in close contact and maintain normal relations.
    Lenin wanted the conflict settled as soon as possible, because friction at the centre had a negative effect on work all down the line. See this volume, Documents 272, 273, 274, 275, 276 and 290; and Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 53, Documents 50 and 119.