Written: Written on July 20, 1921
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 53. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 219a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Rykov, Commission of Workers’ Supply
Chicherin complains that the foreigners are being deprived of state supplies. He insists that this is absolutely impossible. I find his arguments serious. Please discuss whether it would not be desirable to buy certain quantities of foodstuffs abroad for the arriving foreigners, and to charge them at a rate that would quite cover our expenditures.
Chicherin has an even stronger complaint over the 100 rations taken away from the personnel of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. I think that these rations should in fact be loft, with the P.C.F.A.
Please let rue know what you decide.