Written: Written on October 18, 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 345a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To all members of the Politbureau
I am against the underlined proposal. Such steps will merely create an impression of our weakness: as has always happened in such cases, the opponent will become impudent. I consider Krasin’s interview and polemics in the press to be enough. I request Comrade Mikhailov to ask Comrade Chicherin for my previous note to him on this matter, and to have it circulated also among the Politbureau members.
 See Document 443 of this volume.—Ed.
 Written on G. V. Chicherin’s letter of October 17, 1921, reiterating his proposal that the Soviet Government should issue a statement on recognition of tsarist Russia’s debts (see this volume, Documents 464 and 466).