V. I.   Lenin


To:   G. V. CHICHERIN[2]

Written: Written in the second half of September 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 301b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Chicherin:

I think we should break this habit of theirs. Perhaps we could do it this way: reply formally and in writing with reference to the “note”. They will then realise that we shall (soon) mock at them in public and gifler[1] for their unsigned notes.



[1] Slap them down.—Ed.

[2] Written on G. V. Chicherin’s letter about the Note from Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Curzon, of September 7, 1921, alleging that the Soviet Government had violated the Russo-British Agreement of March 16, 1921. The Note had no heading, address or signature. In a reply Note of September 27, 1921, the Soviet Government rejected the unwarranted accusations.

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