On Reorganising the Work of the CPC, the CLD and the Narrow CPC, February 15, 1922

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 15 February 1922

First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 471b-472a.


On December 1, 1921, having heard Lenin’s report on A. D. Tsyurupa’s work, the Politbureau of the RCP(b) CC decided to confirm him in the post of Second Deputy Chairman of the CLD, and on December 5 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the CPC by a Politbureau decision.

The country’s transition :o peaceful economic construction made it necessary to improve and restructure the whole Soviet state apparatus. The programme for this was set out in the letters to A. D. Tsyurupa (see present edition, Vol. 35, Documents 307, 308, 309 and 310).

February 15,1922

Comrade Tsyurupa:

I believe you are right.

We should get the Politbureau’s consent and start “reducing”[1]:



1) composition: five men as indicated by you, plus 2 non-departmental (Belov + ?)

2) appropriations under the state estimates, first, to the People’s Commissariat for Finance and the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection;

to the Narrow CPC only by way of protest; the rest, as you have it.

Think over once again and set down in writing these principles for reducing the Narrow CPC, obtain the opinion of the Narrow CPC Chairman, get these principles through the Politbureau, and then swiftly elaborate them into a new statute.

Perhaps the commissions should also be reduced? their role in actual verification enhanced? all the work subordinated directly to the deputies of the CLD Chairman?

With communist greetings,


  1. This document is written in connection with A. D. Tsyurupa’s letter reporting the shortcomings in the work of the Narrow CPC.
    Tsyurupa proposed that the Narrow CPC should be reduced from 22 to 5 persons: a chairman and four representatives of departments (People’s Commissariat for Justice, People’s Commissariat for Finance, Supreme Economic Council, and People’s Commissariat for Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection). All matters relating to appropriations, provided for in the state estimates, were to go to the People’s Commissariat for Finance, and went to the Narrow CPC only by way of protest against the acts of the Commissariat. The Narrow CPC examined the questions provided for by the order.