Letter to Joseph Stalin For Members of the Politbureau of the RCP(b) CC, October 30, 1922

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Written on L. B. Kamenev’s letter to Lenin of October 30, 1922, proposing, in the event of Lenin’s agreement: = “1) to ask the Politbureau to rescind the CPC decision, restoring the figure proposed by the People’s Commissariat for Finance, i.e., 599,000,000 million minus 26,000,000 million equals 573,000,000 million; = 2) suggest that the Politbureau should appoint a special commission to review the allocation of the appropriated funds under the estimates between the various People’s Commissariats in order to reduce expenditures in shipbuilding, etc.” = Under this proposal, Lenin wrote: “I quite agree. 30.X.1922. Lenin.” There are also remarks by G. Y. Zinoviev, J. V. Stalin and V. M. Molotov saying that they agree, and one by L. D. Trotsky, abstaining (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the CPSU Central Committee).

Krzhizhanovsky has told me that this was a mistake on Pyatakov’s part (the State Planning Commission Deputy Chairman). Such mistakes should not be allowed. I think Pyatakov should be politely requested not to make any such mistakes in the future.

30.X.1922. Lenin