The use of stocks already sorely depleted and the ruthless reduction of consumption already stringently narrowed by war requirements were not the only “reserves” upon, which Russia at this time could draw. Perhaps of equal importance were the potentialities of the new forms of organisation which N E P had introduced or made possible. The revival of the market, the dissolution of Glavkism and its replacement by administrative decentralisation afforded considerable prospect of banishing some of the disorder of “war communism” and preparing the way for a more efficient utilisation of the resources which were already at the disposal of the State. The crucial flaw in the Glavki system was the absence of any commercial competence on the part of industrial enterprises. All wholesale trading institutions, other than the co-operatives and the organs of Narcomprod, had been abolished during the period of “war communism”.