V. I.   Lenin


To:   J. V. STALIN[1]

Written: Written on April 18 or 19, 1921
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, page 127b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Stalin:

I object to Fomin. We mustn’t do it the “Russian way”. We must do it the “Georgian” way. We shall take it to the Politbureau.



[1] Written in connection with the telegram from Deputy People’s Commissar for Railways, V. V. Fomin, proposing that Georgian and Abkhazian ports (Batum, Poti and Sukhum) should be placed under the Administration of Marine Transport of the R.S.F.S.R. at Rostov or Novorossiisk. The Georgian Revolutionary Committee opposed the idea.

On April 19, 1921, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee supported the Georgian Revolutionary Commit lee and decided to place the organisation of Georgian and Abkhazian ports within Georgia’s competence. The decision put the duty on the Administration of Marine Transport to render every kind of material assistance to these ports.

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