V. I.   Lenin

To N. N. Krestinsky for the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.)

Written: Written December 30 or 31, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 54. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 3nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 42, page 267b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Comrade Krestinsky

I propose:

1) that Kamenev and his commission (+Stalin)[1] be given a formal assignment from the Politbureau, this to be entered in the minutes.

2) that Chervyakov be instructed to urgently draft a detailed letter of the C.C., R.C.P. on Byelorussia and a decree of the C.P.C. on the same subject (confidential).[2].


[1] This refers to what is known as the Federal Commission headed by L. B. Kamenev. The commission was engaged in preparing questions involving state relations among the Soviet Republics.

[2] These proposals were written on Chicherin’s letter to the Poutbureau dated December 30, 1920. Chicherin reported that A, G. Chervyakov, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of Byelorussia, pointed out the extremely abnormal situation that existed as a result of the unsettled state relations between Byelorussia and the R.S.F.S.R., which made co-operation between the Republics difficult. Chicherin expressed the opinion that an agreement should be concluded with Byelorussia similar to that concluded with the Ukraine.

The question of an agreement on alliance between Soviet Byelorussia and the R.S.F.S.R. was raised by the Byelorussian Patty and administrative bodies in the autumn of 1920. Following the negotiations at the end of December 1920 and the beginning of January 1921, an agreement on workers’ and peasants’ alliance between the R.S.F.S.R. and the Soviet Socialist Republic of Byelorussia was signed on January 16, and endorsed by the Central Executive Committee of Byelorussia on January 21, 1921.

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