Written: Written in March, after 18, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 358b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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You are making a mistake in “going out” for “something big” and overlooking the small. Go after the little bird. There are small firms outside the trusts. These firms can make (sometimes sell) spare parts and the like.
 Lenin wrote this note on Krasin’s letter concerning the purchase of locomotives from American trusts. Krasin wrote that there were only three trusts in the U.S.A. from which locomotives could be obtained. It was intended to start an immediate correspondence with them by radio from Scandinavia or London. Krasin, however, expressed the fear that as a result of this publicity a “host” of middlemen would spring up between him and these trusts as the main suppliers, and that this would not only send the price up but also delay delivery.