The dispute between Lenin and Stalin walked around the degree of self-government granted to the national republics and regions. Stalin defended the autonomy, which corresponded to a lack of self-government. Lenin favored "independence", ie. E. Limited self-government. In the records on national dictated in the final days of 1922, Lenin was trying to point out how to approach this issue. In the first of two dictations December 31 he wrote: "... nothing holds up the development and strengthening of proletarian class solidarity, as national injustice." In the second, he asked the question: "What are the practical steps to be taken in the present situation?" He answers this question: "Firstly, we must maintain and strengthen the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics." Secondly, the Union should be left "for its diplomatic apparatus." "Third, we must punish Comrade. Ordzhonikidze ... The political responsibility for all this truly Great-Russian nationalist campaign must, of course, Stalin and Dzerzhinsky. " What punishment should be subjected to three sinned, Lenin said. Fourth, in the "non-indigenous republics" should encourage the use of the national language.