Dictated: Dictated by phone on April 19, 1922
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from secretarial notes (typewritten copy).
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 532a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I propose that we send the following telegram (and communicate to the editorial boards of Pravda and Izvestia as a directive to our press):
“To Chicherin and Sosnovsky
“All information from Genoa indicates that we are succumbing to deceit. Lloyd George, who is making noises against France, is covering up his main urge—to force us to pay debts in general and those to the former owners in particular. It is time we started a systematic exposure of this old manoeuvre by British diplomats, doing this both in our press and the communist press abroad.”
 Lenin’s proposal, which is contained in the published document, was adopted by the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. on April 19, 1922. Thai same day, the telegram was sent through the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs to G. V. Chicherin and L. S. Sosnovsky, and also to the editorial boards of Pravda and Izvestia VTsIK.