Written: Written on October 9, 1918
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 151b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Lyd. Al. (and Krasin)
I am signing the telegram about oil, ships, etc., with pleasure.
But I don’t agree to sign that about Mukhin.
(1) Krasin writes that Mukhin concealed money from Stalin. This he had no right to do, even if “on the instructions of his (!!??) chiefs”, for Stalin too is a chief, and a higher one, too, though not “his”.
(2) It is wrong formally and impermissible generally to decide this without asking Stalin (and Stalin is in Moscow!!).
 Krasin asked Lenin to sign a telegram to the Tsaritsyn Extraordinary Commission for them to set free N. Mukhin, an employee of the Chief Oil Committee, who had been arrested, and allow him to travel freely to Moscow. Krasin proposed sending a copy of the telegram to Stalin in Tsaritsyn.