V. I. Lenin

Suggestions on the Question of Co-Operation{1}

Written: October 9, 1919
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 145.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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1) that Soltz should devote himself entirely to noncommercial activities (literary, instructor’s work, and so forth) in the co-operatives,

2) that if this cannot be published as a separate edition, it should be published, i.e., printed, in Izvestia, Pravda and Bednota,{2}

3) that factual information be quickly collected, from at least small districts, concerning the extent to which the decree{3} is being carried out in general (in all its parts) and particularly concerning the methods of purveyance and distribution (bodies, forms, conditions, exceptions to the rule and so on), and the transformation, or beginning of the transformation, of bourgeois co-operation into communist co-operation, etc.


{1} The suggestions were written in connection with a meeting of the communist groups of Centrosoyuz and the Food Commissariat arranged by the C.P.C. and chaired by Lenin on October 9, 1919.

{2} Bednota (The Poor)-a peasant daily, published in Moscow from March 27, 1918 to January 31, 1931. The newspaper was founded by decision of the C«C. of the R.C.P.(B.) in lieu of the newspapers Derevenskaya Bednota (The Rural Poor), Derevenskaya Pravda (Rural Truth) and Soldatskaya Pravda (Soldiers’ Truth). The newspaper carried on an active campaign to strengthen the alliance between the working class and the peasantry, to organise and rally the mass of the poor and middle peasants behind the Communist Party and the Soviet Government. Bednota played an important role in promoting the political education and raising the cultural level of the labouring peasantry, in advancing public-spirited activists from among the rural poor and the middle peasantry, and training a numerous army of rural correspondents. On February 1, 1931, Bednota merged with the newspaper Sotsialisttcheskoye Zemiedeliye (Socialist Agriculture).

{3} The reference is to the Decree “On Consumers’ Communes” passed by the Council of People’s Commissars on March 16, 1919.

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