Dictated: Dictated by phone on August 11, 1921
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 252b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Bogdanov, copy to Kursky’s Deputy
I have great doubts about S.K.F. (Swedish Ball-Bearing Company). Has there been an adequate statement of the legal side of the matter, i.e., has our interest been maintained?
This interest requires that we should not allow the slightest relaxation of the principle that we are the owners of all the nationalised enterprises and warehouses. These enterprises and warehouses could pass into the hands of their former owners only through their formally buying these warehouses from us. We may sometimes make a concession by letting them have these enterprises and warehouses at a low price, but we can never waive our right in the property.
Please have this matter verified with especial care from the said angle. It is my special request that the verification should be carried out at the People’s Commissariat for Justice, where Kursky himself was informed of and handled the matter, and it is necessary either to look for Kursky or find someone at the People’s Commissariat for Justice who is at least as knowledgeable as Kursky.