Vladimir Ilyich Lenin



Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 45. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 536a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Only one thing should be done right away: send a coded telegram to Chicherin requesting a summary or theses for a manifesto.


Written on April 28, 1922


[1] Written in connection with the following proposal introduced by Trotsky in the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. on April  28, 1922: = “1) to issue a statement for agitational purposes to the effect that if the Entente governments should confiscate all the capital of the Russian capitalists abroad, the Soviet Government would undertake not to raise any protest, = 2) to issue a manifesto to the population in the event of a break-up of the talks at the Genoa Conference.” = Lenin underlined this sentence from Trotsky’s note: “We should ask our delegation to let, us have an outline of their main ideas for such a manifesto (otherwise we may well miss some important aspects)” and wrote in the margin: “I agree only with the last sentence.”

That same day, the Politbureau adopted this decision: = “To send a telegram to Comrades Chicherin and Litvinov to this effect: ‘In the event of a break-up we consider it, necessary to issue a manifesto to the population on behalf of the C.P.C. or the All-Russia C.E.C. Please outline a draft of the manifesto or the main ideas for one, and send urgently to Moscow’” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

In the subsequent course of the talks, the need for a manifesto disappeared.

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