V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1920 in English in the book: Russian-American Relations, March 1917-March 1920. Documents and Papers, New York. First published in Russian in 1957 in the book: Dokumenty vneshnei politiki SSSR Vol. I. Printed from the English text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 87b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 14, 1918

To Colonel Robins

Dear Mr. Robins,

I enclose the preliminary plan of our economic relations with America. This preliminary plan was elaborated in the Council of Export Trade in our highest Council of National Economy.[1]

I hope this preliminary can he useful for you in your conversation with the American Foreign Office and American Export Specialists.

With best thanks,
Yours truly,


[1] In a plan for the development of trade and economic relations with the U.S.A. drafted on Lenin’s initiative, the Soviet Government expressed its readiness to pay for goods purchased in the U.S.A. with agricultural produce and products of the mining industry, and also to offer concessions to the U.S.A. on the same terms as to other countries.

The plan, under the heading “Russo-American Trade Relations”, was first published in June 1918 in No. 1 of Vestnik   Narodnogo Komissartata torgovli i promysklennosti (Herald of the People’s Commissariat for Trade and Industry). In the U.S.A., the plan was published together with Lenin’s letter to Raymond Robins in the book Russian-American Relations. March 1917– March 1920, New York, 1920.

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