V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on December 12, 1922
Published: Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 601a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Trotsky:

I am sending you Krestinsky’s letter Write me as soon as possible whether you agree; at the plenum, I am going to fight for the monopoly.

What about you?


P.S. It would be best returned soon.[1]


[1] A reference to a letter from N. N. Krestinsky, R.S.F.S.R. Plenipotentiary Representative in Germany, of December 3, 1922. He gave a positive evaluation to the work of the trade mission in Berlin, reported agreements with some German firms, described the talks being conducted and the great prospects in this respect. He wrote that these would be destroyed with the lifting of the foreign trade monopoly. It is indicative, he added, that “some comrades who have been abroad are becoming supporters of the monopoly (Tsyurupa, Vladimirov, Rykov, Avanesov)”. On the strength of the experience gained abroad, Krestinsky took a firm stand in favour of the foreign trade monopoly (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee). See also next document.

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