V. I.   Lenin

Re Draft Resolution for the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on
The Food Surplus-Appropriation System in the Ukraine[1]

Written: February 19, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 125b-126a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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In issuing this directive, the C.C., R.C.P. proposes that the following established principle be adhered to: from the poor peasants—nothing, the middle peasants—moderately, the rich peasants—heavily.

We advise fixing the maximum surplus, for example, 500 million poods for the whole of the Ukraine, of which one-fifth or one-tenth share be assessed for requisitioning.


[1] This document was incorporated almost in toto in the resolution of the C.C. of the Russian Communist Party adopted on February 19, 1919.

On March 11, 1919, the C.C. adopted a new detailed resolution on the food policy in the Ukraine. On one of the pages of the typewritten text of this resolution, which is kept in the Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism, Lenin had written: “Endorsed 11.111. at the Bureau of the C.C. of the R.C.P. as a directive for the Ukrainian R.C.P. and the Ukrainian Soviet Government. 11. III. 1919. Lenin”.

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