V. I. Lenin

Memo to V. M. Molotov with a Motion for the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.)

Written: Written February 11, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 398.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala and D. Walters
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Comrade Molotov,

Please put two proposals for the Politbureau to the vote by telephone:

1) Not to publish the decision of the Politbureau on the figure of a single grain tax pending a new decision after the State Planning Commission has completed and submitted its calculations.

(Krzhizhanovsky yesterday complained to me bitterly that they had been doing a big job on these calculations, but it was broken off without him having even been given a hearing. Please give him another 3–4 days and do not publish until then.)

2) The newspaper Kooperativnoye Dyelo to be closed down. Arrangements to be made with Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn for using the material.{1}



{1} Kooperativnoye Dyelo (Co-operative Business)—a socio-economic, co-operative and trade daily, organ of Centrosoyuz. The Editor-in-Chief was N. L. Meshcheryakov. Publication started on February 1, 1922.

Lenin’s motion (see the next document) was put before the Politbureau at its meeting on February 15, 1922. A decision was passed “To require the editorial board of Kooperativnoye Dyelo to submit to the Politbureau within three days an explanation in writing concerning the newspaper’s publication, its character, the composition of its editorial board, staff and contributors” (Central Party Archives, Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.C., C.P.S.U.). The question was dealt with a second time on February 22, when it was decided to postpone the closing down of the newspaper for a fortnight. A final decision was reached in May, the newspaper Kooperativnoye Dyelo being converted into a weekly.

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