V. I. Lenin

Letter To The Political Bureau Re:

The Resolution Of The Ninth All-Russia Congress Of Soviets On The International Situation[1]

Dictated (by telephone): 22 December, 1921
First Published: Published (abridged) In 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV; Published (unabridged) according to the stenographers notes (typewritten copy)
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965, Volume 31, page 139
Translated: George Hanna
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I ask that the question be discussed as to whether the Congress of Soviets ought to adopt a special resolution against the adventurist policy of Poland, Finland and Rumania (for a number of reasons it is better to say nothing about Japan). In the resolution it must be comprehensively explained that no government of Russia (except the Soviet Government) has ever recognised or could recognise the criminal nature of the imperialist policy in respect of the outlying regions of the former Russian Empire pursued both by tsarism. and by the Provisional Government, which had the backing of the Mensheviks and Socialist-Revolutionaries. The resolution should state in detail how much we have shown by deeds that we value both the sell-determination of nations and peaceful relations with the states that were once part of the Russian Empire. Say in detail that we fully anticipate a peaceful attitude, not only on the part of the workers and peasants of all the countries mentioned, but also on the part of a huge section of the reasonable bourgeoisie and the governments in respect of the adventurist elements, end up with a sharp threat to the effect that if the adventurist fooling with gangs similar to the former Savinkov gangs does not stop, and if they continue to interfere with our peaceful work, we shall arise in a people’s war, and those who take part in adventures and banditism will be completely crushed.

Instruct Trotsky and Chicherin to draw up a draft resolution.

A Congress resolution with such a content would be convenient for mass distribution in all languages.


December 22, 1921


[1] Lenin’s recommendation that the Ninth All-Russia Congress of Soveits adopt a special resolution against the adventurist policy of the bourgeois governments of Poland, Finland and Romania was approved by the Political Bureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B), at a meeting on December 22, 1921