V. I.   Lenin


Published: Published in 1933 in the Second and Third editions of V. I. Lenin, Sobraniya Sochineny (Collected Works), Vol. XXIX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 525.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Entirely supporting this statement, and the radio message of March 16, 1920, sent by Comrade Milyutin, I request that instructions be given that any delegation from foreign workers coming to Russia should, without fail, sign a statement that the content of these radio messages and my present postscript for the information of the workers abroad has been brought to their knowledge. The foreign workers must know the truth, that in settling here they are accepting privation.

May 6, 1920

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] In connection with the mass applications by German workers, technicians and engineers to settle in Soviet Russia and work there, the Soviet Government broadcast an announcement on March 16, 1920, that special delegations should be sent put to find out about living conditions for the settlers. In an additional broadcast on May 6, 1920, it once again stressed the need to make a study beforehand of the economic conditions of life in Soviet Russia, since foreign workers who settled in Russia would receive no more wages than Russian workers.

Copies of these broadcasts with a note by Lenin were sent by deputy chairman of the Supreme Economic Council Milyutin to the People’s Commissariat for Labour, the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs, the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and members of the Presidium of the Supreme Economic Council as a brief for negotiations. Contracts were valid only when the pledge specified by Lenin was signed.

However, because the talks conducted by these agencies on the resettlement of German workers were slow, Lenin had to write another note to Milyutin (see p. 524).

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