V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on November 29, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 52. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 56c-57a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Chicherin:

The underscored is absolutely intolerable.[1] The People’s Commissar is duty bound precisely to carry out the C.P.C. decision winding up the Groman commission. You failed to protest the decision in the C.C., the decision of 7.IX, and are inventing some kind of “friction” (where? whose? why talk of “friction”, when there is a mandatory decision?   You yourself are creating it). How the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs can hope to “get it going” contrary to the Council of People’s Commissars is inconceivable. This is chaos and disorganisation. You are the one who is impeding the C.P.C. decisions, and that is absolutely intolerable.

29/XI. Lenin


[1] A reference to the last paragraph in G. V. Chicherin’s dispatch to L. B. Krasin of November 27, 1920, which said: “Re-establishment of the Groman Commission by the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and ourselves is being delayed by statistician Popov who wants to take part. For some reason, the C.P.C. has supported him. The friction continues. We hope soon to get the commission going,” Lenin underscored the paragraph, drew three lines in the margin and pat two exclamation and two   question marks (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee). The letter in question was written by Lenin on the dispatch.

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