Letter to Nikolai Bryukhanov, December 17, 1921

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Comrade Bryukhanov, People’s Commissariat for Food

Please let me have the briefest replies, one or two pages, not more, to some of the questions to enable me to give a more precise formulation of the corresponding sections of my report at the Congress of Soviets and to insert some of the most characteristic figures.

What results in your opinion would it be useful for me to cite in my report at the Congress of Soviets? On the results of the tax in kind? On the concealment of arable land? Or about the most vital and pressing tasks in this sphere?

It would be well if we could show, briefly and visually, the relief for the peasants from the tax in kind as compared with the surplus-requisition system.


Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars