V. I.   Lenin


To:   L. B. KRASIN

Written: Written not later than May 10, 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 141b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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You deserve a beating.

1) You are late with the grain order. We are in a pretty horrible position.

2) You have failed to make use of all the sources (Sweden, etc., even if only for small quantities).

3) There is no precise information: what can be obtained nearby, even at a very high price, and in very small quantities.

Make a special point of putting all this right at the People’s Commissariat.[1]


[1] In reply to this note, L. B. Krasin sent Lenin P. L. Voikov’s memo on the food which could he quickly purchased abroad for gold and on credit. Krasin added the following: “There is nothing in Sweden, Denmark, and Holland. Tsyurupa told me that the grain would be needed in June. The ‘catastrophic’ nature of the requirement is usually discovered at the very last moment” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

Lenin crossed out Krasin’s note, and on May 10, 1921, sent the document on to N. P. Bryukhanov (for Lenin’s markings on the memo see Lenin Miscellany XXXVI, p. 234).

On May 10, Voikov drew up the memo on the distribution of food and consumer goods bought abroad by C.L.D. decision. On the back of this memo Lenin wrote:

Into the file on the purchase of food abroad. (Give me daily reminders)” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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