V. I.   Lenin


To:   L. B. KRASIN

Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Sent to London. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 441b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Krasin:

Concerning Larin, to the Politbureau decision of 17.I.[2] I add:

1. Keep him in London as long as possible.

2. If you take any of his figures on trust, we shall sack you.

3. Take care of his health, provide better treatment, appoint a responsible doctor.

4. Give him a long literary job with German and English sources (if he does not know English, teach him).

Carry out points 1, 3 and 4 with especial strictness and especial tact. Point 2—three times as strictly.

With communist greetings,

P.S. The Vneshtorg apparatus is downright bad. Lezhava is weak. There is need for a better man. The grain is needed desperately and urgently. Put into this everything you have. It is your responsibility.[1]



[1] See Documents 581 and 593 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] On January 17, 1922, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. decided to satisfy L. B. Krasin’s request “concerning Comrade Larin’s recall at his disposal”.

The published letter was sent to the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs with the following inscription by Lenin: “To the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. To P. P. Gorbunov: for dispatch as soon and as confidentially as possible. Return the envelope to me with Krasin’s signature. 19.I.1922. Lenin. To Comrade Krasin in London (19.I.1922 from Lenin)” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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