Written: Written on September 1, 1621
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 277a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This Skobelev should be “cut down to size”. Noulens’s appointment is a piece of impudence.
 Written on a telegram from J. A. Berzin addressed to G. V. Chicherin, saying that M. I. Skobelev, who had started negotiations with the French Government as a representative of the All-Russia Famine Relief Committee, was requesting powers from the Soviet Government as well.
Below is the reference to the appointment of Joseph Noulens, one-time French Ambassador to Russia (1917–18), one of the organisers of counter-revolutionary plots against the Soviet power and of foreign armed intervention, to the Chairmanship of the International Relief Commission. The commission (Britain, France, Italy and Belgium) was set up by a decision of the Allied Supreme Council and was in fact, a cover for implementing anti-Soviet plans.