Two weeks before it was finally approved by the V congress of soviets, the optimum variant of the five-year plan was already being nudged aside by the imperative claims of industry. On May 7, 1929, the presidium of Vesenkha, in its preliminary discussion of the control figures for the economic year October, 1, 1929, to September 30, 1930, approved production targets for several major industries which exceeded the figures for 1929/30 set out in the official five-year plan.1 Immediately after the congress of soviets, Gosplan made a short-lived attempt to prevent further escalation of the plans, proposing to Vesenkha and the other commissariats that the 1929/30 figures in the five-year plan should be taken as the basis for the control figures.2 But in the course of July and August the five-year programmes for several individual industries were revised upwards under pressure from Rabkrin (see pp. 187–90 below). In this context a crucial unpublished directive was issued by the central authorities, probably in August, which ruled that capital investment in Vesenkha-planned industry should amount to 3,000 million rubles, 30 per cent above the five-year plan target for 1929/30.


Capital Investment Control Figure Steel Industry General Plan Engineering Industry 
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© R. W. Davies 1998

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  • R. W. Davies
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  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

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