V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 11, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 332a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This is urgent! I propose that either we vote right away in writing or convene the Politbureau for half an hour.

I propose: agree to Marchlewski and Paikes (let Chicherin decide who is going to Dairen and who to Chita).

Yaroslavsky won’t do for the conference in Washington. Meshcheryakov—not too suitable. I propose: authorise the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs and the Orgbureau to look for more candidates (24 hours).




[1] Written on G. V. Chicherin’s letter to the Politbureau of the   R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee of October 10, 1921, requesting the earliest possible appointment of a delegate for negotiations with China over the Chinese Eastern Railway, and expressing apprehension that delay in appointing the delegate could give the forthcoming Washington Conference a pretext to internationalise the railway. The People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs proposed that Julian Marchlewski should be the delegate. Chicherin also said that Japan had agreed to have an R.S.F.S.R. representative take part in discussing various matters at a conference of the Far-Eastern Republic and Japan in Dairen (it was held from August 26, 1921 to April 16, 1922), and proposed that A. K. Paikes should be sent to the conference. Chicherin proposed that Y. M. Yaroslavsky and N. L. Meshcheryakov should be sent to the Washington Conference as representatives of the Far-Eastern Republic.

The same day, the Politbureau adopted Lenin’s proposal.

On October 13, 1921, the Politbureau confirmed A. A. Yazykov as the representative of the Far-Eastern Republic at the Washington Conference.

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