V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 22, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 192a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Rykunov:

I have read your letter and agree absolutely on almost every point.[1]

You are so right about recruiting the merchants.

I am sending this on to the C.C. members.

Keep up the pressure.



[1] In a letter of June 21, 1921, M. V. Rykunov, a member of the Collegium of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade, proposed that more Communists should be enlisted for improving the work of the People’s Commissariat, with two or three practitioners added to the Collegium, that former private exporters should help to organise the marketing of goods abroad, that permission should be given to pay commission fees to workers in trade, etc.

On the letter are Lenin’s underscorings, the word “correct!” under some of Rykunov’s proposals and the note: “From Rykunov. 22/VI. To Comrade Molotov” (Central Party Archives). The letter was retyped and sent to all members of the Orgbureau and the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee. At the same time, Rykunov submitted a memo on the formation of an export fund For Lenin’s remarks and underlinings see Lenin Miscellany XX, pp. 249–50.

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