V. I.   Lenin

Motion for the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on
The Reduction of the Army

Published: First published in 1964 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 45. Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 425b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Stalin

Please obtain today a viva voca vote of the Politbureau members on this motion of mine:

that Comrade Trotsky’s plan for submitting to the Government a proposal for reducing the army by 200,000 men in the course of January be endorsed;

that Comrade Trotsky be asked to state what period he considers possible for such a question to be introduced to the C.P.C. in the form of a completed draft.[1]




[1] On November 16, 1922, the Politbureau passed a decision to reduce the army in the course of January 1923 from 800,000 to 600,000 men. The plenum of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) held on December 18, 1922, confirmed this decision and urged the need for compensating this reduction by improving military equipment, for which purpose the C.P.C. was instructed to find means of quickly normalising the work of the munition factories. The plenum recommended that an appeal be issued in the name of the Tenth All-Russia Congress of Soviets to all nations, emphasising once more the striving of the R.S. F.S.R. towards general disarmament and calling upon the peoples to overcome the resistance which this proposal of the Soviet Republic was meeting on the part of other states.

The Tenth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, on behalf of the millions of the working people, once more solemnly confirmed their desire for peace and peaceful labour.

Working people of the world!” ran the appeal of the congress. “All who desire peaceful labour, join your efforts to the efforts   of Soviet Russia in order to secure peace, and safeguard mankind from monstrous and destructive wars!...

The Tenth Congress of Soviets solemnly confirms its line of peaceful policy and calls upon everyone to support this line. Let all the peoples demand peace of their governments. The cause of peace is in the hands of the peoples themselves. To avert, the danger of future wars the working people of all the world must unite their efforts. Worn-out, suffering, ruined and starving mankind must have peace secured to them at all cost.”

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