V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 362a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copy to Comrade Bogdanov


Comrade Martens:

I have received both contracts.[1] I am returning them.

Why are the additional points which Reinstein and Hammer showed me (in the draft) not there?

They should be given the final drafting and passed as soon as possible.

Special attention must be given to our thorough actual fulfilment of the terms.

There must be no reliance on orders!

Without a triple check-up our men will spoil everything and will fail to do anything right.

An intelligent, competent man should be appointed as personally responsible and checked up on.

We must make a special effort to nurse the concessionaires: this is of exceptional economic and political importance.

Let me know precisely what measures you or the S.E.C. Presidium are taking.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.

P.S. A point to be specially cleared up whether this should be made public.

There is much indication that it is of great importance for us to have this concession and the contract publicised as widely as possible.


[1] A reference to the agreements on an asbestos concession and the purchase of a million poods of grain from Armand Hammer.

Additional points—amendments to the concession agreement proposed by Hammer. A draft additional decision, adopted by the C.L.D. on October 28, 1921, provided for the extension of guarantees to the concessionaires that their property would be protected, that their personnel would have the right of free movement in the country, free entry into and exit from the country when dealing with concession business, etc.

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