V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 15, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 338b-339a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Martens:

Can Hammer (Reinstein told me about him[1] ) be persuaded to 

undertake the financing of the Rutgers group to save the Urals, improving the composition of the group? by including, say, four efficient Americans?

Let me have an answer to this as soon as possible.

Second. Can you get Hammer to take an interest in a scheme to electrify the Urals, so that Hammer should provide not only the grain, but also the electrical equipment (naturally on a loan basis)?

Rutgers’s plan must be corrected (try to do this through Hammer), and not simply rejected.[2]

With communist greetings,


[1] See Document 439 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] A reference to L. K. Martens’s negative attitude to the plans of the Rutgers group. In a letter to the C.L.D. on October 10, he said that these plans revealed immaturity, lack of careful thinking and lack of knowledge of the state of affairs in the localities; he objected to the financing of these plans, because he doubted that they would succeed.

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