This quote has been attributed to Joseph Stalin, who became leader of the Soviet Union in the late 1920s until his death in 1953. It is also translated as: “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this – who will count the votes, and how.” It was said in 1923, as quoted in The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary (1992) by Boris Bazhanov.